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Young performers from Lewisham and Greenwich joined up with top West End directors for a theatrical performance.

Forty-one aspiring actors took part in a series of workshops, culminating in an immersive theatre performance of Venice Preserv’d, a Venetian tragedy.

Aged between 16 and 25, participants were selected by The Spectators’ Guild from colleges and sixth forms as well as theatre groups, to learn about theatre production and play key roles in a performance that also starred Sir Ben Kingsley’s son, Ferdinand Kingsley.

It was organised by United House and LaSalle Investment Management, the developers behind Deptford's £120m, 257-home Paynes and Borthwick development, and funded by Greenwich Community Arts Fund.

United House group chief executive Jeffrey Adams said: "United House is delighted to have helped facilitate this unique cultural programme which goes beyond the boundaries of traditional theatre."