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27Aug. 2019.

Hannah Moscovitch on why she wrote Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

My son Elijah Julian Moscovitch Barry was born in June of 2015.  In September, the small body of Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. The photograph of the drowned Syrian toddler had made international headlines. Less hyped on worldwide news outlets was the fact that Alan Kurdi’s aunt (who is Canadian) had been applying for him and his family to immigrate to Canada. But their application was stalled because of severe new immigration restrictions that had were brought in by Stephen Harper’s conservative government. To us, Alan Kurdi was a lost Canadian citizen. His death was our shame. “Shame” was the word I saw on social media the most in the days following the release of that photograph: Canadians were collectively enraged. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals took power, a couple of months later, he invited 25,000 Syrian refugees to become new Canadians.  

In September, 2015 – the same September when I’d curled up and cried over the photograph of Alan Kurdi – I went to the museum at Pier 21 in Halifax with my two-month-old son Elijah. Pier 21 is the Canadian version of Ellis Island: it was the port of entry for most immigrants and refugees who came by boat into Canada. In a small office at the front of the museum, staff helped me to locate the dates when my great-grandparents arrived in Canada. They found Chaim Moscovitch first, my great-grandfather, and then Chaya Yankovitch, my great-grandmother. They found the dates they arrived, and the names of the boats they came in on. 

Both my great-grandparents were fleeing pogroms. 

In that moment, I was standing where Chaim and Chaya had stood when they first arrived in Canada. For them, this place was their point of safety. There was a line between life and death and there, at Pier 21, was where they crossed it. Without this place, there would have been nothing: no family, no generations to come. And I was standing there, in that place, holding my infant son in my arms.

Hannah Moscovitch - playwright
17th December 2018

Book now for 
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (18th – 28th September)


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19Aug. 2019.

Full cast announced for Much Ado About Nothing



We're excited to announce the full cast for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory's (stfMuch Ado About Nothing, at Wilton's 12 – 23 November.

In stf's 20th anniversary year, Elizabeth Freestone directs Shakespeare’s comedy about the precarious path to finding love. 

Home from war, a group of soldiers attempt to put their fighting days behind them. But adjusting to civilian life isn’t easy, especially when love is thrown into the mix. How do you let go of your demons? How do you learn to be your real self again? And what does that mean for the friendships that helped you survive?

Click here to find out more and buy tickets.

BEATRICE and BENEDICK will be played by Dorothea Myer-Bennett and Geoffrey Lumb

Dorothea Myer-Bennett
returns to stf as Beatrice after many previous credits with the company including - Rosalind in As You Like It, Lady Croom in Arcadia, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lady Anne in Richard III, Célimene in The Misanthrope, Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Regan in King Lear and Varya in The Cherry Orchard. Other theatre credits include: While The Sun Shines (Orange Tree Theatre), Miss Julie, Tekla in Creditors (both for Jermyn Street/Theatre By The Lake), Rosenbaum’s Rescue (Park Theatre), The Winslow Boy (Chichester Festival Theatre/Birmingham Rep/UK Tour), The Lottery of Love (Orange Tree Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe/World Tour), Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe), Richard III (West Yorkshire Playhouse). TV includes, Holby City, Jude the Obscure, Dead Man Talking. Film: The Honourable Rebel – as lead Elizabeth Montagu, The Payback. Dorothea trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Geoffrey Lumb
joins stf for the first time as Benedick. His most recent theatre credits include; Tartuffe (National Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (RSC), This House (National Theatre Tour), Vice Versa, Coriolanus (RSC), King Charles III (UK tour and Sydney Australia), Macbeth and Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre Company), The Changeling (ETT), Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, King John, The Taming of The Shrew, The American Pilot, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (all for the RSC). TV appearances include; Holby City, 24: Live Another Day, Luther and Europe’s Secret Armies. Film includes: Paddington 2. Geoffrey trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


CLAUDIO
and OATCAKE will be played by Imran Momen, and HERO and VERGES will be played by Hannah Bristow - joining stf for the first time …


Imran Momen
trained at LAMDA and his theatre credits include; Greyscale (The Waterloo Vaults), Romeo & Juliet (Guildford Shakespeare), The People’s Revolt (Tower of London), The Indigo Giant (NT Studio); Cockamamy, (Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe) House & Garden (The Watermill); Hamlet (Fox & Chips Theatre), Richard III (Old Red Lion), The Winter’s Tale (Guildford Shakespeare). Voice Over includes: Jack the Ripper VR tour, (Auroch Digital). Short film includes Hide.

Hannah Bristow
trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was Winner of the Newton Blick Award for Most Versatile Actor 2016.  Recent theatre credits include; Napoli, Brooklyn (Original Theatre Company), Rudolf (Pins and Needles), Kindertransport (Queens Theatre Hornchurch/Theatre de la Ville), Jane Eyre (National Theatre), Who Cares (The Lowry).


BALTHASAR
will be played by Bethan Mary-James


Bethan Mary-James joins stf as Balthasar. Bethan trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her theatre credits include; This Beautiful Village (Abbey Theatre), Henry II (Between the Lines Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Nottingham Playhouse), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Nottingham Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), All My Sons (Manchester Royal Exchange), Future For Beginners (Wales Millennium Centre), B.F.G (Derby Playhouse). TV appearances include; Friday Night Dinner (Big Talk), Doctors, Casualty (BBC), The Collection (Amazon), Cuffs (Tiger Aspect), Stella (Sky1), Public Enemies (BBC One). Film includes: Belle, Table Manners and On a Knife Edge.

DOGBERRY
will be played by Louise Mai Newberry


Louise Mai Newberry
joins stf for the first time as Dogberry. Her theatre credits include; Plenty (Chichester Festival Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare’s Globe), Lampedusa (Glasgow Citzen’s Theatre), The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Arcola), Any Means Necessary (Nottingham Playhouse), The Snow Dragon (St James Theatre), Pericles, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Factory), King Lear (Orange Tree Theatre) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (RSC). TV Includes; Doctors, Blacklist, The Bill, Goal! Films include: Fluid, Christie, Foreplay, The God Game.


DON JON
and SEXTON will be played by Georgia Frost, joining stf for the first time


Georgia Frost
trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and she was National Winner of Monologue Slam 2018, Winner of The Alan Bates Award 2017 and Stephen Sondheim Performer of The Year Finalist - Winner of best song 2017. Her most recent theatre credits include; Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh Theatre), Wild Swimming (Full Rogue/Bristol Old Vic), A Monster Calls (The Old Vic), The Meaning of Zong (Bristol Old Vic) The Little Mermaid (The Egg/Theatre Royal Bath). TV includes; Casualty (BBC) and Magic of Musicals (BBC).


DON PEDRO
and SEACOLE will be played by Zachary Powell …


Zachary Powell returns to stf, most recently seen in Henry V 2018 (Ustinov Studio) and Othello 2017 (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory stf co-production in Bristol with Tobacco Factory Theatres and on UK and International tour with English Touring Theatre). Other theatre credits include; Macbeth (Insane Root) Much Ado About Nothing (Vienna’s English Theatre). Film includes: You Me and Him, Loz Feliz.


FRIAR
and BORACHIO will be played by Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson
trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was nominated for The Stage Debut Award 2018 for Best Actor in a Play for The Elephant Man at Bristol Old Vic. He was Winner of the Newton Blick Prize for Versatility 2018 and Mike and Jan Gale Prize for Dance, 2017. Recent theatre credits include; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men) and Jane Eyre (Watermill Theatre).


LEONATO
will be played by Christopher Bianchi


Christopher Bianchi returns to stf after many previous credits including, Othello (UK and International tour co-produced with English Touring Theatre. In Bristol with Tobacco Factory Theatres), Tartuffe, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Living Quarters, As You Like It, Arcadia, Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. Other theatre credits include, The Rivals, Aesop’s Fables (Bristol Old Vic), A Christmas Carol, Waiting for Godot (Tobacco Factory Theatres), The Nutcracker (Bath Theatre Royal), King Lear, The Provok’d Wife, The Seagull, (Peter Hall Company), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Three Muskateers (Dukes Theatre). TV includes; Casualty, Gunpowder, X-Creatures, Historyonics, Radio Sea Breeze, The Pale Horse (Christmas 2019).


URSULA
will be played by Alice Barclay


Alice Barclay
re-joins the company after playing Exeter in Henry V for stf last year (Ustinov Studio). Her other theatre credits include; The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), A Menace and Swallows and Amazons (Theatre West at the Bristol Old Vic) War Horse (The National Theatre) and Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Taming of The Shrew (RSC). TV and film include: The Unequalled Life (BBC4), The Trouble with Love (BBC2) and Eyeball Tennis (Film Four).

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28Jun. 2019.

Announcing our autumn season - now on sale!



‘At Wilton’s this autumn, we are delighted to bring to you a programme of extraordinary theatre and music, which will come alive in our magical building’  
Holly Kendrick, Executive Director


Some highlights include:

Scrooge. As you’ve never seen her before… This Christmas, rediscover a classic fairy tale as the first ever female Scrooge steps onto an English stage in Christmas Carol – a fairy tale by Piers Torday based on the story by Charles Dickens (29th November 2019 – 4th January 2020).

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
(18th – 28th September) is a darkly funny musical folk tale is based on the true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees fleeing Romania for Canada in 1908.

Richard Shelton gives a ‘phenomenal’ (BBC Music) performance in Sinatra: Raw (22nd October – 2nd November) as you're invited to Palm Springs in 1971 to finally meet the man behind the music.


Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory return to Wilton’s in their 20th anniversary year with Much Ado about Nothing (12th – 23rd November), following their acclaimed production of Othello here in 2017.


Take a look at our full autumn season on the month-by-month What's On pages, and book online by clicking the links below, or ring our Box Office on 020 7702 2789 (Lines are open 11am - 6pm, Monday - Friday)



The full season: 

AUGUST 
Adventures in (Silent) Movieland, presented by The Lucky Dog Picturehouse (5th – 9th August) 
Falling Man, created by Dane Hurst and Tom Rowland (19th – 20th August) 
HMS Pinafore, presented by Opera della Luna (28th – 31st August) 

SEPTEMBER 
The Crown Dual, presented by James Seabright (3rd – 14th September) 
Hidden by Clouds: An Ode to the Victims of Domestic Violence, presented by Poet in the City (9th September) 
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, presented by 2b theatre company (18th – 28th September) 

OCTOBER 
This is not Right, by John Godber (1st – 5th October) 
Lady of Jazz, by Gleadall and Mosse (7th – 9th October) 
OneTrackMinds, presented by VERYFINE (10th – 12th October) 
The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps, presented by Matthew Linley Creative Projects in association with Action Transport Theatre and Eastern Angles (14th – 16th October) 
Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long (17th October) 
Carmina Victoriana, presented by Antic Productions (18th – 19th October) 
Sinatra: Raw, presented by James Seabright by arrangement with Mike Leigh for MLA Talent (22nd October – 2nd November)

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 
Juliet & Romeo, presented by Lost Dog (5th – 9th November) 
Much Ado About Nothing, presented by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (12th – 23rd November) 
Christmas Carol – a fairy tale by Piers Torday based on the story by Charles Dickens (29th November 2019 – 4th January 2020)




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28Jun. 2019.

Announcing The Beautiful Word Campaign



Today we announce our fundraising campaign: The Beautiful Word. On Sunday 15th September we will host a special event to raise funds for the campaign.

The aim of our campaign, led by BAFTA award-winning actor David Suchet C.B.E, is to enhance the acoustics primarily for spoken word and amplified voice, whilst maintaining the current acoustic qualities for classical music and opera. Our Grade II* listed building is home to a year-round programme of exceptional live music as well as diverse and electrifying theatre from around the world. Last year alone we welcomed over 60,000 audience members to see over 320 performances! 

The fundraising event on Sunday 15th September will take the form of an all-star version of the hugely popular London institution OneTrackMinds. The event, itself a wonderful mix of Desert Island DiscsTED Talks and Moth Radio, will see David Suchet and five other fascinating guests share the one song that changed their life. This fusion of music and storytelling is a Wilton’s favourite and will be even more extraordinary with a specially chosen A-list roster. All proceeds from the event will go towards The Beautiful Word campaign. 

David Suchet says ‘Wilton’s is a venue I have known for many years and I adore it – it’s my local! Whilst the acoustics in the Hall are excellent for opera and unamplified music, they are not as good for the spoken word. This has to be addressed and we need everyone’s help to make this historic theatre even more wonderful. To do this, we need to raise at least £750,000 and would encourage everyone to give what they can, however little. I’m very much looking forward to kicking off the campaign in September with our OneTrackMinds event, and hearing some wonderful stories told by the great and the good of the arts world. Together we can celebrate the wonderful history of this East End institution and look towards an even more glorious future’. 
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22May. 2019.

Announcing the first ever Wilton's Music 4all Festival



We are delighted to today announce the inaugural Wilton’s Music 4all Festival, a festival for emerging musical talent, May 11th-May 16th 2020.  

We are looking to find the best emerging musical talent in the UK in the following categories:

  • Opera 
  • Contemporary & Jazz
  • Popular, Rock & Indie 
  • Urban, Electronic & DJ 
  • Cabaret 

Entrants must be 30 years of age or younger on 1st January 2020 and applications are now open in each category until Friday 30th August 2019. Chosen artists will perform as part of the festival, as well as receiving mentoring, rehearsal time at Wilton's and a commission. 

Mentors for the Festival include English National Opera, Dan Gillespie Sells, Tim Whitehead, Bengi Ünsal and DJ Yoda. 

To find out more and to apply, take a look here.

As part of the Festival we are also producing Songs for the Hall, where young people from Tower Hamlets and East London will fill our Hall with song for the day. Click below to find out more about this special day
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13May. 2019.

Plays Without Décor - apply now



Are you a young or emerging director with an exciting idea you’ve been wanting to develop? 

We understand how difficult and expensive it can be to get a new project past the planning stages so, as part of our Heritage and Artistic Engagement programme, we’re offering four emerging directors the chance to use our studio free of charge for a week in order to workshop or develop a new idea. You might decide to use your time to produce a reading, workshop or semi-staged performance and invite industry professionals or sell tickets to the public. 

Plays Without Décor is generously supported by the Noël Coward Foundation (www.noelcoward.org).

Download the information and application forms below for full details and complete an application form by midday on 10th June 2019.


Feedback from previous participants 

It was a privilege to be there and we are really grateful for the opportunity. PWD is an invaluable scheme for upcoming directors and companies, especially given the high costs of rehearsal spaces in London. We were able to have a first rate workshop experience, which simply would not have been possible without this opportunity. Freya Smith,  Plays Without D
écor January 2019

It was very helpful to have the space to really flesh out and explore our play. Space is expensive so this was extremely valuable to us.  Sarah Anson, Plays Without Décor April 2019

Absolutely brilliant – I will be applying again and again Mary Franklin, Plays Without Décor, March 2019
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25Apr. 2019.

Full cast announced for The Sweet Science of Bruising



We're excited to announce the full cast for Joy Wilkinson's The Sweet Science of Bruising, at Wilton's 5 – 29 June.

1869. Deep in the heart of Victorian London is a theatre where only the strongest survive. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, four very different women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing, but only one can become the Lady Boxing Champion of the World...

Kirsty Patrick Ward directs Owen Brenman, Ashley Cook, Celeste Dodwell, Jane How, Alice Kerrigan, Tom Lorcan, Emma McDonald, Jessica Regan, Wilf Scolding and Fiona Skinner in Joy Wilkinson's thrilling play about Victorian Lady Boxers, featuring electrifying live boxing matches, fresh from a sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse!


Cast & Creative Biographies 

Cast

Owen Brenman plays Professor Charlie Sharp. His theatre credits include Whipping It Up, Butterflies are Free (UK tours), The Pocket Dream (York Theatre Royal), Dead Funny, The Winslow Boy, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, The Comedy of Errors (Nottingham Playhouse), Ugly Rumours (Tricycle Theatre), Good Copy (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Ghost Train (Lyric Hammersmith), An Evening with Gary Lineker (Duchess Theatre), Shakespeare / Shaw (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Simple Simon (Stephen Joseph Theatre). His television credits include as series regular Dr. Heston Carter in Doctors, Love Soup,  Oscar Charlie, Fat Friends, One Foot in the Grave, People Like Us, Drop the Dead Donkey, In Exile, Underworld, Sharpe’s Waterloo, Dangerfield, Mr. Bean, Perfect Scoundrels, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, The Upper Hand, Dunrulin, Birds of a Feather and Jeeves and Wooster; and for film, One of the Hollywood Ten and The Martins.

Ashley Cook returns to play Doctor James Bell. His theatre credits include The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Flowering Cherry, F***ing Men (Finborough Theatre), Absent Friends, The Importance of Being Earnest (UK tours), The White Carnation (Finborough Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre), The Art of Concealment, How to Cook a Country (Riverside Studios), The Mousetrap (St. Martin’s Theatre), A Doll’s House, The Importance of Being Earnest (New Theatre Royal Lincoln), The Bootmaker’s Daughter (Brighton Festival), Stonewall (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/The Drill Hall), Romeo and Juliet (Derby Playhouse), Love and Understanding (Battersea Arts Centre) and King Lear (The Old Vic/UK tour). His television credits include Patrick Hamilton: Words, Whisky and Women; and for film, Llar and A Mind of Her Own.

Celeste Dodwell plays Violet Hunter. Her theatre credits include An Octoroon (Orange Tree Theatre/National Theatre), Hay Fever (Theatre Royal Bath/Australian tour/Duke of York’s Theatre), Testament, People Who Need People (VAULT Festival), In Other Words (The Hope Theatre), As You Like It (Cleveland Street Theatre, Sydney), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney), Three Sisters (ATYP Studio, Sydney) and The Crucible (Sydney Theatre Company). Her television credits include Endeavour, Urban Myths, Call the Midwife, The Musketeers, Home and Away and Double Trouble; and for film, Allied and Careless Love.

Jane How plays Aunt George. Her theatre credits include Her Naked Skin, Separate Tables (Salisbury Playhouse), Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre/Noël Coward Theatre), Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Ring of Truth (Orange Tree Theatre), Home and Beauty (Lyric Theatre), High Society, Hay Fever, California Suite (Sheffield Theatres), The Breadwinner, Gaslight (UK tours), Getting Married, Cavalcade, Oh Kay (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Apollo Theatre), Easy Virtue (Garrick Theatre), The Return of A. J. Raffles (RSC) and Top People (Ambassadors Theatre). Her television credits include as series regular Jan Hammond in EastEnders, X Company, Starlings, Love & Marriage, Compulsion, Don’t Wait Up, A.D., The Spoils of War, The Foundation, Doctor Who and A Little Princess; and for film, Mr Jones, Je suis daddy, Mother’s Milk, 1st Night, Beyond the Pole, Miss Potter, Rabbit Fever, The Best Man, A Good Woman and AKA.

Alice Kerrigan returns to play Emily. Her theatre credits include Boomerang (White Bear Theatre/King’s Head Theatre), Jumping the Shark (White Bear Theatre), The Forest (Arcola Theatre) and Julius Caesar (Bristol Old Vic); and for television, Vanity Fair.

Tom Lorcan plays Paul Stokes. His theatre credits include Beryl (East Riding Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Richard III (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre), Julius Caesar, Dido Queen of Carthage, Titus Andronicus (RSC), The Damned United (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East), One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Peter and Andy (Theatre503), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Savoy Theatre) and Blood Brothers (UK tour). His television credits include Bliss, Drifters, Suspicion, War & Peace, Waterloo Road, Day of the Match Aka Halftime and Dalziel and Pascoe; and for film, Between Two Worlds, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Little Pieces and The Days Inbetween.

Emma McDonald plays Anna Lamb. Her theatre credits include Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Picture of Dorian Gray (The Watermill Theatre), Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (The Watermill Theatre/European tours), Much Ado About Nothing (Iris Theatre) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).

Jessica Regan returns to play Matilda ‘Matty’ Blackwell. Her theatre credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bristol Old Vic/Wyndham’s Theatre/Brooklyn Academy of Music/Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts), Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Liolà, The Cherry Orchard, The Kitchen, Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), Coalition (Pleasance, London/Edinburgh Festival Fringe), All That Fall (Jermyn Street Theatre/59E59 Theaters), Stars in the Morning Sky (Belgrade Theatre), The Flags (Liverpool’s Royal Court), and The Yellow Wallpaper, Striking Distance (Granary Theatre). Her television credits include as series regular Dr. Niamh Donoghue in Doctors, Nowhere Fast, Halloween Comedy Shorts: It Should Have Been Me, Ill Behaviour, Execution, No Signal and Ladies and Gentlemen.

Wilf Scolding plays Gabriel Lamb. His theatre credits include The Madness of George III (Nottingham Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bath), The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), The Win Bin (Old Red Lion Theatre), Arcadia (UK tour) and Strange Interlude (National Theatre). His television credits include Mrs Wilson, Game of Thrones, Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, The Passing Bells, Borgia and Skins; and for film, Bees Make Honey; and for radio, as series regular Christopher Carter in The Archers.

Fiona Skinner returns to play Polly Stokes. Her theatre credits include The Dark Room, My Imaginary Friend Patrick Stewart (Theatre503), The Full Monty (UK tour), Our Ajax (Southwark Playhouse), Old Vic New Voices: The 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic), Brave New Worlds (Soho Theatre), ‘Ave It (The Old Vic Tunnels) and People Like Us (Vineyard Theatre, New York). Her television credits include Endeavour, Taboo and Our Girl; and for film, Official Secrets and A Royal Night Out.

Creative

Joy Wilkinson is an award-winning writer working across theatre, film, television and radio. Her stage plays have been widely produced in the UK and internationally, and she has won prizes including Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award and the International Student Playscript Competition. Her plays include Fair (Finborough Theatre/Trafalgar Studios/UK tour), Now is the Time (part of the Tricycle Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated ‘Afghanistan’ season which toured the USA and was revived in 2017 by Teatro Elfo Puccini, Milan), Acting Leader (‘Women Power and Politics’ season, Tricycle Theatre) and Britain’s Best Recruiting Sergeant (Unicorn Theatre). She has been awarded two attachments at the National Theatre Studio and is published by Oberon Books and Nick Hern Books. For television, Wilkinson was a graduate of the first BBC Drama Writers Academy, and her screen credits include writing on the most recent series of Doctor Who, as well as Casualty, Holby City, Doctors and Land Girls. In addition, she wrote Nick Nickleby, a critically-acclaimed five-part modernisation of Nicholas Nickleby for BBC1. Wilkinson’s extensive work for BBC Radio 4 includes numerous adaptations and original plays.

Kirsty Patrick Ward directs. Her theatre credits include the forthcoming production of Groan Ups (Vaudeville Theatre), Exactly Like You (VAULT Festival Spirit Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe/The Vaults), Chef (Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre), I’m Not That Kind of Guy (The Vaults and Paines Plough), Mary Louise (The Vaults), Evita (MT4Uth, Belfast), People Like Us (Pleasance, London), Snow White (UK tour for The Old Vic), A Writer’s Response to ‘Chavs’ by Owen Jones (Lyric Hammersmith), Present Tense (Live Theatre), Brave New Worlds (Soho Theatre), Life Support (York Theatre Royal) and Old Vic New Voices: The 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic). Work as Associate Director includes The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Criterion Theatre/UK tour), Brideshead Revisited (York Theatre Royal/UK tour) and Young Pretender (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/UK tour). Work as Assistant Director includes Othello and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), Our New Girl (Bush Theatre) and Bunny which won a Scotsman Fringe First Award (nabokov/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/UK tour). 

Kate Waters directs the fights. Her theatre credits include Venice Preserved, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Love’s Sacrifice, Doctor Faustus (RSC), Small Island, Othello, As You Like It, Our Country’s Good, The Comedy of Errors, Frankenstein, Season’s Greetings, Hamlet (National Theatre), Sweat (Donmar Warehouse), TINA – The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre/Stage Operettenhaus), Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel (ENO), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre/Gielgud Theatre), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket/Music Box Theatre/World tour), War Horse (National Theatre/New London Theatre), Young Marx, Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar, Lord of the Flies (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Nöel Coward Theatre), King Lear (Duke of York’s Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (Sheffield Theatres), The Convert (The Young Vic),The Maids, Macbeth, Richard III, East Is East, The Pride (Trafalgar Studios), Liberian Girl (Royal Court Theatre), Julius Caesar, Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse/St. Ann’s Warehouse) and The Duchess of Malfi, Sweet Bird of Youth (The Old Vic). 

Anna Reid designs. Her theatre credits include Cash Cow, Paradise, The Hoes (Hampstead Theatre), Our Country’s Good, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Mary’s Babies, Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre), Soft Animals, Fabric, Fury, Brute (Soho Theatre), Twelfth Night, Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties, Dear Brutus, The Cardinal, School Play (Southwark Playhouse), The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, Fierce (Camden People’s Theatre), Dust (Trafalgar Studios/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre), Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), Drip Feed (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre/Project Arts Centre), Schism (Park Theatre), Grotty (The Bunker), The Kitchen Sink, Jumpers for Goalposts (Oldham Coliseum Theatre), Sex Worker’s Opera (UK tour), Tiny Dynamite (Old Red Lion Theatre), Rattle Snake (Live Theatre/York Theatre Royal/Soho Theatre), I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Finborough Theatre), Epic Love and Pop Songs (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Pleasance, London), Empty Beds (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Arcola Theatre), For Those Who Cry When They Hear The Foxes Scream (Tristan Bates Theatre), Arthur's World (Bush Theatre), Hippolytos (Victoria and Albert Museum) and Hamlet (Riverside Studios). 

Max Perryment designs the sound and composes the music. His theatre credits include Shipwreck, Reimagining Uncle Vanya (Almeida Theatre), The Convert, Creditors, The Remarkable Case of K, The Surplus, Basecamp (The Young Vic), A Guide for the Homesick, Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), Dust (Trafalgar Studios/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre), Dear Brutus, Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse),The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Park Theatre), Utility, Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree Theatre), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Gate Theatre), Start Swimming (The Young Vic/Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Replay (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Soho Theatre/59E59 Theaters), Goodbear (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Hair (Hope Mill Theatre/The Vaults), Landmines (The BRIT School/Ovalhouse/Otherplace), Nest (Brighton Fringe/UK tour), Muted (The Bunker), Blood and Water (Kestrel Theatre Company/HMP Springhill/Royal Court Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Skin of the Teeth (The Vaults/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Ophelia Theater), Four Play, Clickbait, Sense of an Ending (Theatre503) and And Then Come the Nightjars (Theatre503/Bristol Old Vic/UK tour).

Peter Harrison designs the lighting. His theatre credits include Macbeth (Proteus Theatre Company), Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland (Marlowe Theatre/UK tour), The Canterville Ghost, Alfie White: Space Explorer, Wilde Creatures (Tall Stories), Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), Macbeth (Stafford Festival Shakespeare/Stafford Castle), Child of the Divide (Polka Theatre/UK tour/Harbourfront Centre), One Hand Tied Behind Us (The Old Vic), Dear Brutus, The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic/ Bush Theatre), Britten in Brooklyn (Wilton’s Music Hall), Flowering Cherry (Finborough Theatre), The White Carnation (Finborough Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre), Marsha: A Girl Who Does Bad Things (Arcola Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival), Jerry’s Girls (St. James Theatre), Orestes (Shared Experience) and Once We Were Mothers (Orange Tree Theatre). His opera and dance credits include Opera Works (ENO), In-Nocentes, Home Turf (Sadler’s Wells) and Jean und Antonìn (Gärtnerplatztheater). Work as Associate Lighting Designer includes Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre), As You Like It, Collaborators (National Theatre), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium) and The Commitments (Palace Theatre). 

Natasha Harrison directs the movement. Her theatre credits include Tumulus (Soho Theatre), Handbagged (Salisbury Playhouse/Oldham Coliseum Theatre/York Theatre Royal), Not Such Quiet Girls (Opera North/Leeds Playhouse), Moll Flanders (Mercury Theatre), Julius Caesar (RSC), Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (CAST), Wasted, Dear Brutus, The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Building the Wall (Park Theatre), Zoetrope, Ode to Leeds, Blackthorn, Into the Woods (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Twist (Theatre Centre), Frankenstein (BAC), Yokes Night (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Crucible (Royal and Derngate Theatres), Me, Myself and Wye (Ovalhouse), Sacha Guitry: Ma Fille et Moi (Drayton Arms), Tiny Dynamite (Old Red Lion Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Webber Douglas Studio, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Sleepless Long Nights (Tempered Body Youth Dance Theatre) and Breadline (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House). Her opera credits include The Rake’s Progress (British Youth Opera) and The Lighthouse, The Locked Room, Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Une Éducation Manquée (Royal College of Music). 
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28Mar. 2019.

Our 160th birthday!



Thursday 28th March 2019 marks one hundred and sixty years since the opening night of Wilton's! John and Ellen Wilton first opened the doors to the brand new Wilton's Music Hall on 28th March 1859.

The opening night offered a variety of Music Hall acts. An advert for the 'Grand Opening Night' in the East London Observer promised a 'powerful company of vocalists' and a 'splendid array of comic talent'. This included Sam Collins, a celebrated performer nicknamed 'The Singing Irishman', and Charles Sloman, a well-known performer and improviser, as well as the Musical Director for the opening night.

The East London Observer reported on the opening a few days later, describing Wilton's as 'a very important addition to the places of amusement at the eastern end of the metropolis.' The writer praised the performances and the 'good taste' of John Wilton; they were particularly taken with the sunburner used to light the hall, which comprised of 300 burners, 100 gas jets, and over 27,000 pieces of cut glass to reflect the light around the room.

The above illustration is from Peeping Tom, a journal of the time, showing John and Ellen Wilton onstage addressing the audience at the opening night. It is the only image we have of Ellen Wilton.

Wilton's has gone through many changes over one hundred and sixty years, serving as a Methodist Mission Hall and a rag warehouse. Our incredible building has undertaken a fascinating journey to become the thriving theatre it is in 2019.

You can find out more about the heritage of Wilton's by visiting our Google Archive, or by making an appointment to visit our physical archive, part of the V&A's National Collection of Performing Arts. Click here to find out more.


Illustration from Peeping Tom: A Journal of Town Life, no 5, 1859 © The British Library Board (1859 LON MISC3 NPL).
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26Mar. 2019.

Two Wilton's shows nominated in the Olivier Awards 2019



We're delighted to announce that two productions that premiered at Wilton's in 2018, Paul Bunyan and Songs for Nobodies, have been nominated in the Olivier Awards 2019.

The Olivier Awards are Britain's most prestigious stage honours, celebrating the world-class status of London theatre. This year's ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on 7th April 2019.

The English National Opera Chorus has been nominated for 'Outstanding Achievement in Opera' for Benjamin Britten and W. H. Auden’s Paul Bunyan, which opened at Wilton's in September 2018; The Stage praised the Chorus as "sounding magnificent and demonstrating infallible stagecraft." Paul Bunyan will be revived at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in May 2019.

Songs for Nobodies has been nominated in the 'Best Entertainment and Family' category. This stunning music-theatre piece had its UK premiere at Wilton's in March 2018, before transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre in January 2019, where it received rave reviews; Time Out's five-star review commended star Bernadette Robinson's "extraordinary performance."

We would like to congratulate the cast and creative of Paul Bunyan and Songs for Nobodies on these nominations, which recognise their hard work bringing two exceptional shows to life.

To find out more about the Olivier Awards 2019, click here.


Paul Bunyan - Photo © Genevieve Girling

Paul Bunyan - Photo © Genevieve Girling

Songs for Nobodies - Photo © Nicholas Brittain

Songs for Nobodies - Photo © Nicholas Brittain
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21Dec. 2018.

Christmas Opening Hours

Wilton's is a great place to spend Christmas, whether you're seeing the return of our sell-out Christmas production, The Box of Delights by Piers Torday based on the novel by John Masefield, or not, we're open to everyone. So, come and join us for something to eat and drink throughout the festive season. We are even open on Boxing Day.

Christmas Opening Hours - Building
Monday 24th December: CLOSED
Tuesday 25th December: CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December: 1-11pm 
Thursday 27th December: 10am-11pm 
Friday 28th December: 10am-11pm 
Saturday 29th December: 1-11pm 
Sunday 30th December: CLOSED
Monday 31st December: 10am-6pm 
Tuesday 1 January: CLOSED
Wednesday 2 January: 10am-11pm 

Box Office Information
Our Box Office is open for ticket collection and ticket sales (for the performances on that day only) on Wednesday 26th and Saturday 29th December from 1pm. 

Christmas Opening Hours - Bar
Monday 24th December: CLOSED
Tuesday 25th December: CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December: 1-11pm 
Thursday 27th December: 1-11pm 
Friday 28th December: 5-11pm 
Saturday 29th December: 1-11pm 
Sunday 30th December: CLOSED
Monday 31st December: 1-6pm 
Tuesday 1 January: CLOSED
Wednesday 2 January: 1-11pm 

Eating + Drinking Information
Our caterers, Gatherers, serve a special Box of Delights-themed festive menu from 5pm to 9pm on show days only. A separate seasonal lunch menu is available on days with matinee performances.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Wilton's Music Hall. We'll see you in the New Year for our spring season.
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