Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton's is the world's last surviving Grand Music Hall and London's best kept secret. This stunning and atmospheric building is led by Frances Mayhew and produces an exciting programme of imaginative, diverse and distinct entertainment including exhibitions, theatre, music, comedy, cinema and cabaret.
Gallery, Heritage site
Opening Hours * Monday - Friday: 12pm - 11pm
Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
Current exhibition and bar are free (other performances vary)
The main auditorium is currently being repaired (due to finish in February 2013) but the bar and front of house areas are still open with a variety of entertainment. We regret to say that the upstairs of the bar, where some events take place, is not wheelchair accessible.
Animals and children are welcome.
Listen, We're Family
- 14 — 25 October 2014 *on now
- 25 October 2014 2:30-4:30pm
This extraordinary collection of true tales reveals Jewish Londoners in the grip of bitter feuds and hilarious crossed wires, as ordinary family life lurches from outrageous farce to tragic violence. Using verbatim accounts, four actors bring to life a gallery of real characters with amazing honesty and authenticity.
- a 91-year-old barber remembers a racist punch-up
- a gay Israeli man finds happiness in London
- a woman in her 80’s recalls dangerous street games
- an Orthodox Rabbi recounts the liberation of Belsen
- and hear how a 1970s Medallion Man set up a suburban spanking club
By transferring from Wilton’s in the heart of the East End to JW3 on the Finchley Rd, this production mirrors the journey of London's Jewish community from immigrant poverty to suburban assimilation.
- Family friendly
£16.50 full price, £12.50 concessions
Max Baillie & Sura Susso in Concert
- 29 October 2014 From 8pm
Having met in Senegal in 2005, Max and Sura struck up a fast friendship and discovered a unique musical chemistry with one another. In mixing their respective string traditions they were able to tap into each other's styles with their shared imagination and improvisational flair, and have been playing concerts together ever since. In their own right they both lead busy performance careers engaged in a range of projects and groups which have taken them to stages at major festivals in the UK including Womad, Glastonbury, and from major London venues to as far afield as Moscow, Sydney and New York - we are delighted to be welcoming them to Wilton's.
- Any age
£12 full price, £8 concession
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- 29 October — 1 November 2014 ,
Adapted by Box Tale Soup
Drawing on the wealth of peculiar episodes from both Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Box Tale Soup invite you down the rabbit hole into a timeless world of beautiful paper puppets and wondrous fantasy
"I don't wish to go among mad people," said Alice.
"Oh, you can't help that," replied the Cat, "We're all mad here..."
This half-term, Lewis Carroll's Wonderland will flood onto Wilton's stage in a whirl of strange creations, handmade puppets, props and frantic characters. No matter how old or young, everyone will find their own moment of magic in Wonderland and make it safely home again - the only danger is, you may not want to leave...
Nominated for 'Best Children's Event' Brighton Fringe 2014
Winner 'Best Show for Families' - Buxton Fringe 2014
One of the '40 best Edinburgh shows' in The Times
★★★★ "...as wonderful as any wonderland could be.”
★★★★ "...masterful puppetry...endlessly enjoyable...”
A Younger Theatre
Look out for more...
Surrounding the shows will be free arts and crafts activities. Open to everyone, come a long early and join in.
In the Bar:
1.30pm - 2.25pm & 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Turn our Roses Red - We need lots of red paper flowers but only have white paper - help us fix the mistake before The Queen of Hearts notices!
Arts and Crafts - Make a paper puppet, Cheshire cat smiles or drink me label to take away with you.
In the Auditorium (ticket holders only):
2.15pm - 2.30pm & 4:15pm - 4:30pm
Continue the adventure by playing inflatable Flamingo croquet before the performance starts. Tie your drink me labels to our giant tea pot and colour any stray white roses red so the Queen of Hearts doesn't get upset and cut off any ones head!
£8 adults, £5 children (buy 4 tickets for £17 in our family ticket bundle)
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall
- 31 October — 1 November 2014
Why toddle when you can dance, dance, dance!
Parents and under fives are let loose on the dance floor in this friendliest of discos. With a 'retro eclectic' vibe Monski Mouse's DJ style takes in tracks from swing to latin, pop, 80's classics and rocking nursery rhymes. Having sold out shows at Adelaide Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Norfolk and Norwich Festival and London Wonderground at Southbank Centre, DJ Monski Mouse brings high-energy smiling to Wilton's and encourages you to get your disco dancing booties on!
"DJ Monski Mouse is onto a winner”
★★★★★ The Barefoot Review
"a sure-fire hit with all under the age of 5”
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
"rocking kid-friendly fun that dance-loving adults will enjoy as well”
★★★★ The Age
"Children were dancing, parents were singing and EVERYONE was smiling!"
£8 adults, £5 under 16s (free for children under 6 months with a paying adult)
- 1 November 2014 From 8:30pm
Violinist - Felipe Karam
Guitarist - Peter Michaels
Bass - Matheus Nova
Percussion - Anselmo Netto
Pocket Caravan's performances take the listener from the barn dances of Northern Brazil to the gypsy circles of Spain via the Gaucho campfires of Uruguay, combining live looping, improvisation and traditional techniques to celebrate the shared influences of music around the globe.
The Quartet began after a chance encounter between South Brazilian violinist Felipe Karam and British guitarist Peter Michaels. Both had composed music inspired by places they had lived, and recorded their debut album Landscapes in 2008, with many guests joining them in the studio. The quartet developed to include Bahian percussionist Anselmo Netto and North Brazilian double bassist Matheus Nova. After touring the UK, they recorded live at the Forge Concert hall in Camden Town, under the venue's own label. The resulting album, 7 Steps From The Border, explored the power of music to cross seemingly closed borders.
During a recent tour of Brazil, from the Amazon down to the Uruguayan border, and ending with a series of concerts in Salvador, the group recorded their third album. Entitled THR3E and released in 2013, the album explores music with three at its core - waltzes, Chamamés, music of the Candomble religion and African polyrhythms.
- Any age
Seven Decades: Zebra Stripes, Flames & Killer Tops
- 4 — 8 November 2014
The perfect night out for guitar and popular music fans - musical storytelling at its very best
Written and Directed by Phil Hylander and Michael John Ross
Guitar and Vocals - Michael John Ross
Bass Guitar and Double Bass - Mike Pratt
Drums - Tony Holmes
Keyboards - Michael Bramwell
Vocals - Rhianna Kenny & Senab Adekunle
With visuals from Matt Posner, Yuli Levtov and Oded Shein
It’s 6 months since the four talented musicians behind Seven Decades took Wilton’s audiences on a fascinating, inspirational and humorous musical journey through the last 70 years, guided by the Fender Telecaster, the Gibson Les Paul, the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson ES 335. If you were lucky enough to see any of those sell-out shows, you’ll be beating a path to our door to carry on where Songs and Stories left off. If you didn’t, now’s your chance to find out what you missed, with the added bonus of a host of new additions and dimensions as the band have developed this absorbing show into its next incarnation.
Sticking to the original formula and telling the chronological story of these iconic instruments that shaped modern music, Mike and the boys have introduced yet more magnificent guitars from the 1960s. Their virtuosity is now enhanced by two live vocalists as well as a special pre-recorded guest appearance from the distinctive voice of Huey Morgan (BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music and frontman of Fun Lovin' Criminals). This time, the band will present the work of all the guitar masters plus new artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Tom Morello, illuminated by a backdrop of films, animations and responsive visuals.
In other words: Seven Decades just got even better!
- Any age
£10 - £20
Dance Party with Swing Patrol
- 21 November 2014 From 7pm
Congratulations to Swing Patrol Maestro, Scott Cupit, on winning Dragons’ Den on Sunday 20th July! Come and find out why these dance nights are so hugely popular, enjoy a drink with friends and take to the dance floor with help from the experts.
Swing Patrol return with their usual taster class at 7pm, followed by social dancing until 11pm. There will be performances by the pros and guaranteed good times for everyone, regardless of ability. Enjoy displays by some of the best dancers on the scene and join in if you can. These events are for experts, intermediates and absolute beginners with two left feet – everyone really is welcome!
- Any age
£15 (class included)