1797: The Mariner’s Revenge

13 October - 12 November | Various dates & times
Tickets: £35 (adults) | £19.50 (U25)
Venue: Admiral's House

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A new dark comedy

It’s the year 1797. While Nelson dines in the opulent surroundings of the Admiral’s House, in the attic rooms above, an injured mariner and a temperamental albatross veer between order and chaos, madness and sanity. 

Venture into the strange world of 1797: The Mariner’s Revenge where there’s a storm a-brewing. Join the crew after the ill-fated Battle of Tenerife as you experience an epic struggle for revenge.

This unique, site-specific show features booming sea shanties, puppetry and stunning theatre that is sure to leave audiences amazed. 

Click here to watch the trailer on YouTube

Included in your ticket price

Pre-show, audiences will have the chance to explore the Admiral’s House, learn about its history, and enjoy a complimentary rum cocktail* at the ‘Skuttlebutt Bar’, before heading upstairs for the evening’s entertainment. 

*included in the ticket price. A non-alcoholic option is available 

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Special Halloween Showing: Gory Stories and The Mariner’s Revenge

On Monday 31 October join us for an extra-special spooky experience on Halloween. Prior to a thrilling theatrical experience in the attic rooms of Admiral’s House, hear gory stories from the history of the Old Royal Naval College in some of the hidden areas of the site after dark. This exclusive evening includes access to areas of the site rarely open to the public.

Tickets are £35 and include a 30-minute guided tour, a rum cocktail from the Scuttlebutt Bar in the historic Admiral’s House, and a ticket to the performance of 1797: A Mariner’s Revenge.

Discounted tickets

The Old Royal Naval College and History Riot are committed to making arts for everyone. 20% of the tickets for this production have been made available at lower prices to develop new, younger audiences and for members of the local community who would otherwise be unable to attend.  

There are discounted tickets available for young people aged 25 and under available to book directly online.


Please note that due to the historic nature of the buildings, these shows are unfortunately not accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. Access to the show is up three flights of stairs. 

Relaxed performances are held each week throughout the run. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to. If you need to leave the performance at any point, you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready. Relaxed performances will maintain a more ambient lighting and lower sound. These performances will be BSL interpreted. 

Relaxed and BSL Performances

  • Tuesday 25 October, 19:00pm  
  • Tuesday 1 November, 19:00pm

Relaxed Performances

  • Wednesday 19 October, 19:00pm
  • Wednesday 26 October, 19:00pm
  • Wednesday 2 November, 19:00pm
  • Wednesday 9 November, 19:30pm


About the show

Written by HistoryRiot’s Mark Knightley, directed by Briony O’Callaghan, and produced in partnership with the Old Royal Naval College, this new theatrical experience is set in the never-before-opened attic rooms at the top of the historic Admiral’s House, perched imposingly on the banks of the Thames.  

The exclusive nature of this event means audience capacity is limited, so book now before it sells out. 

Not recommended for children under the age of 15. 

About HistoryRiot

HistoryRiot exists to connect people with the UK’s past, to inspire audiences to feel a fresh sense of identity with the place in which they live and the historical sites they visit. Alongside designing and performing events across the country we also create innovative, ambitious theatre, which is backed by rigorous research and performed in world-famous heritage sites. 

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About Tramshed

Tramshed is a theatre company and community arts hub in the heart of Woolwich, South East London. They offer performing arts programmes for people with learning differences.  They prioritise artist development seeking to create career opportunities in the arts for their community and are home to numerous and diverse community groups. 

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