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Celebrating 30 Years


Past, Present and Future


2012 marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Albany on Douglas Way.

The Albany has a long history in Deptford stretching back to 1899, but after the original Albany Empire was damaged by fire in the 70’s, a new site was established on Douglas Way and in 1982 the new Albany was officially opened by our then patron, Diana, Princess of Wales.


For archive pictures of the official opening click here to see our Facebook album

Join our celebrations!

Help us celebrate our 30th year and play your part in our future. We’ve come up with a list of 30 ways you can join in our celebrations, from attending one of our specially commissioned 30th events to posting a memory of the Albany online.  Look out for opportunities taking place from September 2012 to May 2013.


In partnership with a host of artists, venues and companies, we’ve commissioned and programmed a number of events especially for our 30th celebrations, including:

Albany Outdoors 
Inua Ellams' Knight Watch
Sound System Social Club
Kate Tempest's Brand New Ancients
Afrovibes Festival
Lover's Rock Monologues
Disco Kids
21st Century Tea Dance
Arun Ghosh Cine-Concert: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Athlete - The Hits Stripped Back
Soweto Kinch for London Jazz Festival
Beyond Circus

John Cooper Clarke

Penny Arcade B!D!F!W!

God's Property

The Straits

What Happens in Winter

The Burial

Courtney Pine: House of Legends

Chill Pill: The Big One



We kicked off our 30th celebrations with Albany Outdoors, a weekend of free music, activities and performances throughout Deptford. Featuring Punch & Judy, Ukuleles, a Bandstand Marathon and much more besides; take a look at our video below to see some snippets from the weekend.





Share your stories

We are inviting all those who have visited, performed or participated at our venue over the last 30 years to share your memories and stories with us. Keep an eye on our website to find out how.

Young artists

Creating work with and for young people is central to our ethos and our 30th celebrations will include projects involving young artists from the Albany’s Uncover programme for young creatives.

Did you know… that in the 80’s many household names played their very first gigs at the Albany? Including Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Julian Clary, Courtney Pine and the Jazz Warriors. Singer Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes took part in our Summer Arts project just a few years ago.  We want to continue this tradition and develop the artists, musicians and theatre-makers of the future so you can say that you saw them here first!


A message from our CEO, Gavin Barlow:

‘This is as much about celebrating the next 30 years of the Albany as it is about looking back.  We’ve come a long way and, in recent years, have re-established ourselves as the leading arts venue in South East London whilst still rooted very much at the heart of our local communities. Looking to the future, we’re about to embark on a very exciting project to redevelop our building so we can better meet the needs of our audiences and local people. As we turn 30, it’s the perfect opportunity to bring a new lease of life to the Albany. They’ll be plenty of planning and fundraising and we hope that you all will support us and get on board in whatever way you can.’


We currently attract over 130,000 visitors a year, including 28,000 people attending performances and a further 40,000 taking part in workshops, events and creative projects. We are home to 21 resident organisations and we work in partnership with a further 200 community-based groups on an annual basis.

We have recently formed innovative partnerships with Lewisham and Southwark Councils to manage two new buildings housing libraries alongside community and cultural facilities – the Deptford Lounge and Canada Water Culture Space. We have already engaged with more than 180,000 people through these new ventures.


Support us in our 30th year and play your part in our future.

Without your support we would not be here. There are many ways you can help us secure the Albany’s future. One way is simply buying a drink and some food in our café or a ticket to one of our exciting performances. If you think you can do more, you could make a donation whilst buying your ticket. All the support we receive enables us to provide opportunities for people who would not otherwise be able to access our creative programmes.

We are currently developing new ideas to help raise money for our future.  Keep an eye on our Support Us page for more ideas on how you can help us raise money.

Follow our Twitter hashtag #Albany30