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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 Decor - 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. 

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

Dowload the Information Sheet
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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 Decor 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 Decor April 2019

Absolutely brilliant – I will be applying again and again Mary Franklin, Plays Without Decor, 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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28Nov. 2018.

Wilton's wins at the Historic England Angel Awards 2018!

On Tuesday 27th November at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London Wilton's received the "People's Choice and Followers' Favourite" Award at the Historic England Angel Awards 2018. We would like to thank all of those who voted for Wilton's following our nomination. 

The Historic England Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage. The awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Wilton's won the public vote in a strong cohort of 15 organisations from across England. To find out more about the Awards and the other winners click here

To watch the video about the award and what it means to Wilton's, click here

Kate Mullan (Box Office & Reception Manager), Alice Cox (Heritage & Artistic Engagement Officer) and Harry Hickmore (Head of Development & Communications) were present to receive the award on behalf of all of the staff and volunteers at Wilton's.


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8Nov. 2018.

Schools' Drawing Competition



SCHOOLS' DRAWING COMPETITION

The Box of Delights by Piers Torday based on the novel by John Masefield


Closing date: 21st November 2018 at 12.00 (midday).

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION 


"Stylish and absorbing show that will delight audiences of all ages" (Evening Standard ★★★★ December 2017)

Once upon a time, there were two great sorcerers, Ramon Lulli and Arnold of Todi. To decide who was the most powerful, they made a wager. Who could invent the most incredible magical power, never seen before?

After a year, Ramon returned with an elixir, which would grant the drinker eternal life. But then Arnold revealed his invention.

A box of his own invention. A mysterious and wondrous Box of Delights, with dark powers.

Before Ramon could respond, Arnold disappeared, taking his Box with him.

Now centuries later, a boy on a train travelling home for the holidays, is about to be drawn into an ancient magical struggle, that will see him fighting not just for his life, but to save Christmas itself. 

Watch out, Kay Harker, for the wolves are running…

Based on the much loved and critically acclaimed festive children’s classic by John Masefield, a direct forerunner to Narnia and Harry Potter, known to many through the legendary BBC adaptation, you can now experience the enthralling wonder of Masefield’s world for yourself, from flying cars to fiery phoenixes, live, only at Wilton’s Music Hall.

"Truly charming festive treat that will thrill the kids while entrancing the adults. Recommended." (★★★★ What’s On Stage, December 2017)

The Creative Team includes Director Justin Audibert (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre) and Olivier awarding-winning Designer Tom Piper, best-known recently as the designer of the poppy installation at the Tower of London – Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red


ABOUT THE COMPETITION

To celebrate Wilton’s production of The Box of Delights by Piers Torday based on the novel by John Masefield, we are running a drawing competition for Key Stage 2 (years 3-6). We would like you to draw or paint a picture of what you imagine might be contained within the magical Box of Delights.

The winning entry will be printed on the front cover of The Box of Delights programme for the duration of the production’s run at Wilton’s, 30th November – 5th January. The winner will also receive four tickets to see a performance of their choice of The Box of Delights, subject to availability, and £100 worth of books for their school, courtesy of Hachette Children's Books, including all of Piers Torday's books and his spellbinding new novel The Lost Magician.



Closing date Wednesday 21st November at 12.00 (midday). We will not be able to return submitted work.

How to enter
- Make a picture of what you think might be in the Box of Delights.
- Use any materials, techniques or processes (for example drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, computer aided design, collage, montage) to make your piece, as long as the entry is two dimensional.
- The entry must be no bigger than A4.
- Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, boldness and impact. Judges will include: Piers Torday and members of The Box of Delights company. 
- Submit entries with entry form to: The Box of Delights Competition, Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB. Or you can scan your entries and send to info@wiltons.org.uk.

DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM

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11Oct. 2018.

Announcing our 2019 Spring Season



We are delighted to announce our Spring Season, which is now on sale!

In 2019 we’ll be bringing you a season with some of the best artists from across the United Kingdom. See you in the Hall this spring.


The highlights include:

Wilton's Associate Rachel Bagshaw brings her poignant, critically-acclaimed The Shape of the Pain to us, based on her experience of living with chronic pain and developed with writer Chris Thorpe.

As the UK exits the EU stage, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights come to Wilton's, which see "Maggie" become an accidental cabaret superstar.

Camille O'Sullivan presents the London premiere of Cave, produced by Wales Millennium Centre as part of Festival of Voice 2018, showcasing the music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

The Olivier Award-winning godfathers of alternative cabaret The Tiger Lillies celebrate their 30th anniversary, returning to Wilton's with the premiere of a new concert One Penny Opera.

Sasha Regan's award-winning all-male The Pirates of Penzance, which blew audiences away when it came to Wilton's in 2010.


Take a look at our full Spring 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.)


The full season:

JANUARY
Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night (15th - 19th January)
Dad's Army Radio Show, presented by James Seabright (22nd - 26th January)
Christine Bovill's Paris (29th January - 2nd February)

FEBRUARY
Christine Bovill's Paris (29th January - 2nd February)
Luke Jermay: Intuition (5th February)
OneTrackMinds (6th - 7th February)
Rumi: The Universe in Ecstatic Motion, presented by Poet in the City (11th February)
The Pirates of Penzance, presented by Regan De Wynter Williams Productions (20th February - 16th March)

MARCH
The Pirates of Penzance, presented by Regan De Wynter Williams Productions (20th February - 16th March)
The Shape of the Pain, presented by China Plate (19th – 23rd March)
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, presented by James Seabright, by arrangement with Áine Flanagan Productions (26th - 30th March)
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Club Nights, presented by James Seabright, by arrangement with Áine Flanagan Productions (29th March, 9.30pm - 12.30am)

APRIL
Camille O'Sullivan - Cave (9th - 13th April)
Audre Lorde: Sister Outsider, presented by Poet in the City (15th April)



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10Oct. 2018.

Vote for Wilton's in the Historic England Angel Awards 2018


Photo © Peter Dazeley


We are honoured to have been announced as a finalist for the 'Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Place' at the Historic England Angel Awards.

The Historic Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage. The awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

The nomination recognises the four-year £4m renovation of Wilton's, which culminated in Autumn 2015. The project involved many committed staff and volunteers and the capital works later won four RIBA awards in 2016.

The winner of this Angel Award will be announced on 27th November 2018 and we would be delighted if you would help and vote for us here.

If you have any questions about the award nomination you can contact us on info@wiltons.org.uk.
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