Immersive theatre takes centre stage at Paynes and Borthwick Wharves in Greenwich

By Beth Allcock on April 29, 2014 9:22 AM |


The sights and sounds of Italy have arrived in Greenwich courtesy of an immersive theatre company making its temporary base in a new housing development.

Grade II listed Paynes and Borthwick Wharves, in SE8, will be at the heart of drama, Venice Preserv'd, from April 30.

The period tragedy penned by Thomas Otway tells the tale of a group of revolutionaries attempting to overthrow the corrupt Venetian senate, with actors Ashley Zhangazha and Ferdinand Kingsley included in The Spectators' Guild cast.

The site of the 17th Century action, which is currently unoccupied and due to be completed this autumn, is said to offer a "striking resemblance" to the Doge's Palace in Venice

Jeffrey Adams, chief executive at United House Developments, said: "The production at Paynes and Borthwick demonstrates how our approach to development delivers new life and energy to an area - bringing the excitement of West End theatre to Greenwich."

Payne's and Borthwick Wharves will offer 213 private high specification one, two and three bedroom apartments as well as 10 live/work units and 44 affordable homes.

Many offer striking views across the river to Canary Wharf and the City, while the development will take its place alongside a dedicated gallery.

Apartments range from £250,000 to circa £900,000. Go to

Tickets for Venice Preserv'd, which runs from April 30 to June 8, start at £10. Go to