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, thankfully, we are now part way through a Phased Capital Project to protect, secure and breathe new life into it. We completed Phase 1, sensitively repairing the auditorium, in February 2013. Since then, we have succeeded in raising the £2.45million needed to begin Phase 2, which will repair the 5 Georgian houses that make up Wilton's front of house. Not only will this secure the building, it will open it up to more people than ever before, through a wide variety of arts, heritage and learning and participation projects.
Building work for Phase 2 will begin in June 2014 and will continue until Autumn 2015. Wilton's will, however, remain open as we welcome you to The Chrysalis Club for a limited season of events on a more intimate scale.
We are hugely grateful to all our supporters, including Heritage Lottery
Fund, 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...
Vital work on the row of 5 Georgian Houses that make up the front of house areas is about to begin. 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 so that we no longer suffer leaky roofs, rooms without floors or collapsing walls, it will also open up thrilling possibilities for us and breathe new life into the building by creating 4 new studio spaces. This will allow us 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
Although we have secured the building, we still need to raise funds to bring Wilton's to an ever wider audience through a diverse artistic, heritage and community programme. There are many ways you can help Wilton's to continue to thrive. 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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