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25Nov. 2019.

Piers Torday on retelling Christmas Carol – a fairy tale




My earliest and first memory of A Christmas Carol is Albert Finney in his night cap being beckoned to his gravestone by a ghost that this young child viewer found unseasonably terrifying. But at the time, I had little idea that this memorable 1970’s incarnation was just one staging post on a long and glorious path that began in 1843 when Charles Dickens first published his “little Christmas book”.



Original First Edition Inside Cover, 1843

It took just six weeks for the first theatre adaptation to reach the stage, which played in London for more than 40 nights before transferring to New York. In the year of publication alone, there were nine separate theatrical adaptations, including the first ever musical version. Dickens himself was famous for his own public readings of the story, giving over 127 such recitals in England and America. And the process of retelling has continued for 176 years.  From stage to the many film adaptations, cartoon to musical, from the RSC to the Muppets, there are nearly thirty published adaptations of A Christmas Carol, and dozens more are written every Christmas. There was even a mime version by Marcel Marceau in 1973.


So when, following my recent adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights in the same space, Wilton’s asked me to retell this very popular Christmas classic, my first response was - why? What can we possibly say about this story and these characters, that hasn’t already been said?

It turns out, quite a lot. For, whilst the tale has been retold for puppets and toys, and Scrooge performed by men young and old, the central role has remained resolutely masculine. We wondered what would happen when we re-examined this classic fairy tale from a woman’s perspective and re-imagined the complex central character?   



A Christmas Carol
is set in an intensely patriarchal society. When a woman married in the 1840’s, the rights of a woman were legally given to her husband. He took control of her property, earnings and money. If he wished to spend her money on his business or his debts, he did not require her consent. In exchange for this, she took his name. And until the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act, divorce was only possible by the passage of a private act through the Houses of Parliament.
 

Early Victorian daughters, like the Fan Scrooge that Dickens imagines, were meant to get in line behind their brothers, like Ebenezer. In Dickens’ version, Fan dies early, leaving Ebenezer distraught.  But what if it had been the other way around? What if Fan Scrooge had tried to make her way in a man’s world of power and profit, marrying moneylender Jacob Marley and then inheriting his business as his widow?
 

You’ll have to come and see the show to find out, but one thing has not changed. Dickens wrote this enduring and uplifting story to heal the divisions of his own age, and create “a better common understanding among those whose interests are identical and who depend upon each other”. He wanted, in other words, to bring all people together, at a precious time of year, united in a love of the common good. And, at a time of great division across the country and the world, so do we. 
Piers Torday, writer of Christmas Carol – a fairy tale

Book now for Christmas Carol – a fairy tale (29th November 2019 – 4th January 2020) and experience spellbinding magic, haunting music, and petrifying puppets in the truly Dickensian atmosphere of our Hall!



Piers Torday's latest book The Frozen Sea is out now and will be available to buy at Wilton's Music Hall this Christmas!




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14Nov. 2019.

Christmas Carol – a fairy tale trailer just released!

Scrooge. As you've never seen her before... 

Christmas Carol – a fairy tale by Piers Torday based on the story by Charles Dickens

29th November 2019 – 4th January 2020

Expect spellbinding magic, haunting music, and petrifying puppets in this triumphant retelling. 

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1838, London. Jacob Marley is dead. And so is Ebenezer Scrooge…

In our story, Ebenezer died young, but his sister Fan married Marley and, as his widow, has now inherited his moneylending business. She rapidly becomes notorious as the most monstrous miser ever known, a legendary misanthrope, lonely, and despised by all who cross her path.

Seven years later, on Christmas Eve, Fan Scrooge will be haunted by three spirits. They want her to change. But will she?

This Christmas, rediscover a classic British fairy tale. Refreshed and relevant for the 21st century, this traditional story inspired by the politics of nineteenth century London comes to life in the true Dickensian atmosphere of the world’s oldest surviving music hall.

Written especially for Wilton’s by renowned author Piers Torday, directed by Stephanie Street, with design by Tom Piper and starring Sally Dexter as our Scrooge.

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29Oct. 2019.

Schools' Drawing Competition: Christmas Carol – a fairy tale

Christmas Carol – a fairy tale by Piers Torday based on the story by Charles Dickens.

To celebrate Wilton’s production of Christmas Carol – a fairy tale 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 one of the ghosts look like who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve.

Closing date: 15th November 2019 at 12.00 (midday).


ABOUT THE PRODUCTION 

Scrooge. As you’ve never seen her before…

1838, London. Jacob Marley is dead. And so is Ebenezer Scrooge…

In our story, Ebenezer died young, but his sister Fan married Marley and as his widow, has now inherited his moneylending business. She rapidly becomes notorious as the most monstrous miser ever known, a legendary misanthrope, lonely, and despised by all who cross her path.

Seven years later, on Christmas Eve, Fan Scrooge will be haunted by three spirits.

They want her to change. But will she?

This Christmas, rediscover a classic British fairy tale. Refreshed and relevant for the 21st century, this traditional story inspired by the politics of nineteenth century London comes to life in the true Dickensian atmosphere of the world’s oldest surviving music hall, Wilton’s Music Hall. Brought to you by the team that gave you the sellout The Box of Delights, expect spellbinding magic, haunting music, and petrifying puppets in this triumphant retelling.

Sally Dexter stars as the first ever female Scrooge on a London stage. 

Things are going to be different. Very different...

The Creative Team includes Writer Piers Torday (winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2014 for the bestselling The Wild Trilogy) Director Stephanie Street (Chichester Festival Theatre, National 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

The winning entry will be printed on the front cover of the Christmas Carol – a fairy tale programme for the duration of the production’s run at Wilton’s, 29th November 2019 - 4th January 2020.

The winner will also receive four tickets to see a performance of their choice of Christmas Carol – a fairy tale, subject to availability.

Closing date Friday 15th November at 12.00 (midday). We will not be able to return submitted work.

How to enter
- Make a picture of what you think one of the ghosts look like who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve.
- 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 and should include your name.
- Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, boldness and impact.
- Judges will include: Piers Torday and members of the Christmas Carol – a fairy tale company.
- Submit entries with entry form to: Christmas Carol – a fairy tale Competition, Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB. Or you can scan your entries and send to info@wiltons.org.uk.

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10Oct. 2019.

Announcing our Spring season - now on sale!


For everyone with a curious imagination...

We are thrilled to announce the return of some of our favourite companies and the exciting premieres of extraordinary new work in our Spring 2020 season, on sale now!



Some highlights include:

London International Mime Festival
comes to Wilton’s with The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (14th – 18th January), a Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth production, with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

The Watermill Theatre
return to Wilton’s following their magical Twelfth Night here in 2018 with two bold new productions performed in repertory – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (29th January – 15th February) and Macbeth (22nd January – 8th February).

Return to Heaven
(28th February – 14th March) is a brand new dance theatre show by Mark Bruce Company that sees two explorers (Dane Hurst, Eleanor Duval) search the dark mysteries of the ancient world to enter a perilous land beyond time and death.


After their incredible inaugural production of The Rake’s Progress at Wilton’s in 2017, OperaGlass Works are back with Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (25th March – 4th April). Conducted by John Wilson, this 'curious story' quickly becomes a haunting tale of innocence and corruption.


Following the storming success of The Pirates of Penzance earlier this year, Sasha Regan's All-Male Company are taking to the seas once again with H.M.S. Pinafore (15th April – 9th May). Set in the hold of a WWII ship, Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera provides the perfect distraction from the goings on above board.


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:

JANUARY
The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, presented by London International Mime Festival. A Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth production, with Royal & Derngate Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool.  (14th – 18th January)
Macbeth, presented by the Watermill Theatre (22nd January – 8th February)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by the Watermill Theatre (29th January – 15th February)

FEBRUARY

Samuel Beckett: Fail Better, presented by Poet in the City (17th February)
Return to Heaven, presented by Mark Bruce Company (28th February – 14th March)

MARCH

The Little Green Notebook of Che Guevara, presented by Poet in the City (16th March)  
James Baldwin: Nobody Knows my Name, presented by Poet in the City (17th March)
Walking to Jerusalem, presented by Passion Pit Theatre in association with Amos Trust and Hodder and Stoughton (18th – 19th March)
Artists Unknown, presented by TNT Productions Ltd (20th – 21st March)
The Turn of the Screw, presented by OperaGlass Works (25th March – 4th April)
Ida Barr: Granarchist, presented by Christopher Green (31st March)
OneTrackMinds, presented by VERYFINE (27th March, 2nd April)  

APRIL & MAY
Unbelievable Science, presented by Morgan & West with Makin Productions (7th – 9th April)
Sasha Regan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, presented by Regan De Wynter Williams Productions (15th April – 9th May)



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7Oct. 2019.

Did you know that you can follow Wilton’s Music Hall on the Stagedoor app?


Stagedoor is London’s most comprehensive and innovative theatre guide. You can use it to follow your favourite theatres, like Wilton’s!



As well as helping you stay up to date with the theatres you know you like, Stagedoor is designed to help you discover new things you might like through personalised recommendations. And if you enjoy reading reviews before you book tickets for a show then you can find thousands of critic & audience reviews on the app, collected from dozens of newspapers and websites.


Once you’ve found something you’d like to see, you can add it to your Save List where you can keep track of all the shows that you think look interesting. When you watch a show, you can record your experience in your personal Theatre Journal – and share it with friends.

We’re big fans of Stagedoor here at Wilton’s. It’s a totally new way to find things to see and we’d love you to follow us on there.


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19Sep. 2019.

Sally Dexter stars as Scrooge in Christmas Carol – a fairy tale. Full cast now announced!

This Christmas, rediscover a classic British fairy tale in the true Dickensian atmosphere of the world's oldest surviving music hall.


Sally Dexter photo: Nobby Clark

Today we're pleased to announce that Sally Dexter will star as the first female Scrooge on a London stage at Wilton's.  

She will be joined by Chisara Agor, Joseph Hardy, Edward Harrison, Brendan Hooper, Ruth Ollman and Yana Penrose.



This magical adaptation has been written especially for Wilton’s by renowned children’s author Piers Torday (The Frozen Sea, The Last Wild), with design by Tom Piper and directed by Stephanie Street.
 

Sally Dexter is known for her appearances in some of our most loved West End productions, including Oliver! and Billy Elliot The Musical. She won an Olivier Award for her performance in Dalliance at the National Theatre and currently plays Faith Dingle in Emmerdale.


Photograph by © Nobby Clark

She will be joined by Chisara Agor (The Wizard of Oz at Birmingham Rep), Joseph Hardy (The Cherry Orchard at Bristol Old Vic and Manchester Royal Exchange) and Edward Harrison (Wolf Hall, Broadway).  

Completing the cast are Brendan Hooper (The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre), Ruth Ollman (Still Alice, UK tour) and Yana Penrose (How Love is Spelt at Southwark Playhouse).
 

Come and join in the magic in this triumphant retelling of Dickens' festive tale, as spellbinding magic, haunting music, and petrifying puppets are brought to life on our unique stage.  

Opens 29th Nov, book your tickets now!  


Creative Team:
Writer – Piers Torday
Director – Stephanie Street
Designer – Tom Piper
Lighting Designer – Katharine Williams
Composer and Sound Designer – Ed Lewis
Movement and Puppetry Director – Emma Brunton
Puppetry Designer – Jo Lakin
Casting Director – Gabrielle Dawes
Assistant Director – Josie Lena Davies

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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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