London's East End has always been a cultural melting pot, a first home for new immigrants and a centre for commerce and maritime trading. When John Wilton opened his music hall here in 1859 the ethnic makeup of the local area was as diverse as the ever changing nationalities of the sailors arriving daily into the London docks.
We believe strongly at Wilton's that diversity is key to successful and enriching creative industry and we wish to give support to, and share knowledge with, our creative friends all over the world. We hope to reflect John Wilton's international legacy in our work today.
Over the last 8 years we have welcomed artists from America, Canada, Italy, Columbia, Japan, Siberia, Russia, Nigeria, Morocco, Peru, France, Bangladesh and Finland. In 2000-2002 our predecessors Broomhill Opera worked with South Africans both here and in South Africa, producing the hugely acclaimed Mysteries and Carmen.
The Great Gatsby in South Africa
We are delighted that our hit production of The Great Gatsby
was picked up by cultural entrepreneurs Spier Arts, where a tiny Wilton's team (Filippo De Capitani our Technical Manager, Frances Mayhew our Managing Director and Peter Joucla who directed and adapted the original production) went to produce a site specific South African version. Using local artists, Wilton's and Spier worked together to create a new and independent cultural hub along the beautiful Western Cape wine route.
For behind the scenes pictures visit topbilling.com
For more information on Spier Arts see spier.co.za
Theatre Pathological from Italy
After his disturbing but inspirational play, Frustra-Azioni
, performed at Wilton's in February 2012, the Italian avant-garde actor and author Dario D’Ambrosi returned to Wilton's in Spring 2013 with Medea
performed by a large contingent of actors with disabilities from his amazing drama school, La Magia del Teatro (The Magic of Theatre). You can see a video of the performance here: youtube.com
We are currently fundraising for a multi-disciplinary new play to be presented next winter with Finish and Romanian artists, if you would like to know more about this please drop us a line - firstname.lastname@example.org