September 16, 2015
Is this a new venue or an old venue? We can’t exactly describe it as just ‘a venue’ because... Well, look at the pictures! They speak for themselves.
The venue in question is of course Wilton’s Music Hall in London’s East End, a venue which has stood in its present form for 156 years, making it the oldest surviving music hall in the world. After a huge refurbishment costing almost £4 million (funded mostly through the Heritage Lottery Fun and the Sita Landfill Trust), the building has finally reopened its door after four years in the wilderness and now proudly sports Grade II-listed status.
Not bad at all.Forty percent of the building is being opened to the public for the first time and amongst it’s new improvements are a new rehearsal space, an exhibition room, a prop-making workshop and dressing rooms. As much of Wilton’s Music Hall has been preserved as possible during the process (hello, broken fireplaces) and it’s impossible to deny that the Georgian brickwork is something that we can all admire.So raise a glass to Wilton’s history in the new bar when it opens as part of Open House London on the 19th September and be sure to return for various dance, theatre, opera and family events in the months to come!
Photography by Robert Workman (top), James Perry (second photo) and Helene Binet (third and fourth photos).
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By Henry Fosdike