Wilton's is the oldest and last surviving Grand Music Hall in the world and is quite simply unique.
This stunning Music Hall has becoming a thriving arts and heritage venue entertaining thousands of people each year.
Sadly this remarkable building was under threat until very recently but we are now embarking on a Phased Capital Project to protect, secure and breathe new life into it. After successfully completing Phase 1, sensitively repairing the auditorium and re-opening it in February 2013, we are delighted to have succeeded in raising the £2.45million needed to begin Phase 2. Phase 2 will repair the 5 Georgian houses that make up Wilton's front of house securing the building and as well as enabling more arts, heritage and learning and participation projects to take place.
Building work for Phase 2 will begin in May/June 2014 and will continue until Autumn 2015. However, Wilton's will not close and
instead we welcome you to join us at The Chrysalis Club.
We are hugely grateful to all our supporters, including the Heritage Lottery
Fund, our other key funders listed below and a host of generous individual
donors for making this possible.
"Wilton’s is a place that is very dear to my heart and I am thrilled that Wilton’s is so close to being saved once and for all.”
David Suchet, Patron of Wilton’s Capital Project
The major works in the auditorium on the roofs, basement, soundproofing, ventilation and electrics are now complete with the £1.1 million needed successfully raised.
A Monumental moment for Wilton's but the journey
doesn't end there...
The vital works on the row of 5 Georgian Houses that make up the front of house areas now need to be tackled. These houses suffer from damp, rot, subsidence, dereliction, crumbling walls, floorless rooms, leaking roofs and failing brick and mortar work.
Phase 2 will not only secure these houses with no more leaky roofs, rooms without floors or walls falling down it will also thrillingly open up the possibilities to us and breathe new life into the building by the creation of 4 new studios spaces meaning we are able to:
Increase our wonderful artistic programme with the opportunity to rehearse more ambitious productions in our new studio spaces and develop smaller, more intimate performances for around the building
Offer Primary and Secondary School children the chance to take part in special performance and heritage projects
Broaden the heritage work we do with more Guided Tours and a John Wilton’s Room where people can discover all about the Music Hall and the surrounding area
Offer local people and beyond the chance to engage in an annual community event of performance, film, music and storytelling
Be open all day for coffees, lunches and meetings with a vibrant bar and café
Shoot more blockbuster Hollywood films, marry people and host events and meetings with a more secure building and additional spaces. A vital source of income for Wilton’s to help us survive.
How You Can Help
There are many ways to help Wilton's keep thriving. You can become a member, donate via our JustGiving page or simply by coming to the theatre and seeing shows, supporting our work and drinking in the bar. To stay in touch please sign up to our mailing list via the home page or by logging in.
Managing Director Frances Mayhew | Patron HRH The Prince of Wales | General Enquiries & Box Office 020 7702 2789 Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
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