Children in Lewisham are experiencing the magic of theatre for free thanks to donations from organisations in the borough.

A Theatre Trip for Every Child is an initiative which started two years ago and is supported by patrons Jude Law and Lewisham actor Noma Dumezwen.

The Albany charity runs the scheme, which has already enabled 3,500 five-year-olds to experience a live show.

Jude Law has described it as "a terrific initiative which has the potential to positively impact the lives of young children in Lewisham".

Tina Cavendish, a teacher at Brindishe Green Primary School, took her class to see Pinocchio last December.

She said: "The show was fantastic and we all had such a wonderful time. The children have been talking about it endlessly and it created such excitement.

"It was a lovely opportunity for many of them to have. I know that some had never been to the theatre before, so it was a real treat."

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Housing association L&Q, which manages almost 10,000 homes in Lewisham, has now donated £5,000 to the scheme.

Gavin Rodgers, L&Q’s assistant director of neighbourhood services, said: "Experiencing the thrill of theatre is a vital part of developing young imaginations, and we are delighted to be able to help support this brilliant project."