Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre started life as part of the extraordinary vision of its founder, Ewan Hooper, to create the Greenwich Theatre project in the mid-1960s. This vision included the formation of a Theatre-in-Education company and a youth theatre (what would become ‘GLYPT’), a theatre in the centre of Greenwich (Greenwich Theatre) and a cabaret theatre in Woolwich (the Tramshed).
A youth theatre was established in the Woolwich Recreational Institute and other community venues across the borough. Around the same time the Arts Council began to fund Theatre-in-Education and ‘Bowsprit’, a professional TIE company, was formed. Both ‘Bowsprit’ and the Youth Theatre moved into premises in Plumstead (Burrage Road) in 1970, with the title ‘Greenwich Young People’s Theatre’ (GYPT) being formally introduced and constituted in 1971. With the expansion into the neighbouring borough of Lewisham, and the establishment of a regular programme of work in the south of the borough, GYPT formerly became ‘Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre’ in 2005.
In 2010 the company came full circle to fit Ewan Hooper’s vision when in partnership with Greenwich Council it moved into the Tramshed with a 10 year lease with a further expansion in its participatory programme and the ability to again bring young people’s audiences and schools to its own venue.