Culture: Theatre

Wilton’s Music Hall Saved!

Wilton's Music Hall

One of Beige’s favourite venues, Wilton’s, the last remaining music hall in the UK has been saved from dereliction.

The historic east London building has been awarded a grant of £1.85 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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This money will secure the five Georgian houses that make up Wilton’s Front of House.

This follows on from the re-opening of the repaired Grand Hall in February 2013.

Wilton's Music Hall

The HLF funding represents a significant contribution towards the total £2.6 million cost of Phase 2 of the hall’s Capital Project.

This enables the Wilton’s Team to begin work on repairing the fabric of the building.

They will be working under the guidance of expert conservation architects, Tim Ronalds Associates.

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Commenting on this development Frances Mayhew, WIlton’s Managing Director, says ‘Without the support of major funders like HLF, charities like ours would take years to raise these kinds of monies. We’ve been incredibly lucky with the support we’ve received from other sources, such as Viridor Credits, Garfield Weston and Aldgate and Allhallows, but this decision means that we can finally take the permanent steps needed to stop this much-loved building from falling down.’

Wilton's Music Hall

Due to complete in 2015, the project will open up the 40% of the building, that is currently derelict.

Wilton’s has featured in Beige in a video interview with singer Marc Almond, who performed the opera Ten Plagues in the building.

Wilton's Music Hall

Our summer issue includes an interview and photoshoot with US singer John Grant who chose the historic venue for his April concert.

Four Farces, an evening of one-act Farces from the Victorian stage, is at Wilton’s until 27 June.

From 3 July the venue will host the gritty play The Matchgirls.

You can learn more about this legendary building by joining one of Wilton’s weekly history tours.

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