Wilton's Music Hall - New Season

Wilton's Music Hall announces new season of drama, musicals and entertainment.

Floyd Collins

Wilton's Music Hall in east London is one of London's best kept secrets. As the oldest grand music hall in the world, it presents a year round programme of theatre, live music and education work that engages many in the local community. The Grade 2 Star listed building has recently reopened following a four year project, and has recently announced details of its upcoming performance season.

The World premiere of Britten in Brooklyn starring Sadie Frost will run at the venue from 31 August – 17 September. Written by Zoe Lewis, the drama is based on real events and follows the story of exiled national disgrace Benjamin Britten as he grapples with the community’s sudden uncertain future and his conflicted political ideals.

"It is 1940 in Brooklyn, New York City, and the bohemian lifestyle of Benjamin Britten, WH Auden, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee in the artistic community at 7 Middagh Street starts to unravel as World War II becomes a brutal reality."

This will be followed by a revival of Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s award-winning musical Floyd Collins which runs from 21 September to 15 October 2016. Based on a remarkable true story, the musical tells the extraordinary tale of the cave explorer of the same name, who dreams of finding fame and fortune deep underground. When disaster strikes and he becomes trapped, it is a race against time for his family and friends as they fight to set him free and keep his morale high through a difficult and dangerous time.

Directed by Jonathan Butterell, this will be the first revival since the Southwark Playhouse's acclaimed production in 2012 which starred Glenn Carter. After premiering at the American Music Theater Festival, in Philadelphia in 1994, the show was then seen off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in New York in 1996 where it won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, and the Obie Award for its score.

The Royal Opera House will presenting Oreste by Handel from 8 to 19 November 2016 featuring singers from the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme. This contemporary production revels in the story’s violence and gore, whilst still shot through with a thick vein of dark humour, cogency and intensity.

Wilton's will once again present a panto for the Christmas season, which will be a new version of Mother Goose adapted by Roy Hudd. Featuring song and dance galore, love and romance, evil villains and good fairies this traditional production will run from 2 to 31 December 2016.

Tickets for Britten in Brooklyn are available by clicking the link below. Tickets for other events in Wilton's Season will go on sale on 23 June 2016.


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