Wilton’s Music Hall have today announced their autumn season, to include a brand new Christmas show that puts a woman centre stage in a Dickens classic, a darkly funny musical that centres on the plight of refugees and a powerful one-man production delving into the Sinatra behind the music.
Executive Director Holly Kendrick says: ‘At Wilton’s this autumn, we are delighted to bring to you a programme of extraordinary theatre and music, which will come alive in our magical building’.
‘1838, London. Jacob Marley is dead. And so is Ebenezer Scrooge…
In our story, Ebenezer died young, but his sister Fan married Marley and, as his widow, has now inherited his money-lending business. She rapidly becomes notorious as the most monstrous miser ever known, a legendary misanthrope, lonely, and despised by all who cross her path.
Seven years later, on Christmas Eve, Fan Scrooge will be haunted by three spirits. They want her to change. But will she?
Scrooge. As you’ve never seen her before…’
This Christmas, rediscover a classic fairy tale with the first ever female Scrooge on an English stage.
Written especially for Wilton’s by renowned author Piers Torday (The Box of Delights) based on the beloved Charles Dickens classic, this spellbinding show is directed by Stephanie Street and designed by Tom Piper.
The production will also feature lighting design by Katharine Williams, composition and sound design by Ed Lewis, puppetry design by Jo Lakin and casting by Gabrielle Dawes.
Brought to life by the team that gave you the sellout ‘The Box of Delights’, expect haunting music and petrifying puppets in the true Dickensian atmosphere of the world’s oldest surviving music hall.
Refreshed and relevant for the 21st century, this traditional story inspired by the politics of nineteenth century London comes to life.
‘Christmas Carol – A Fairy-tale’ will run at Wilton’s Music Hall from 29th November to 4th January 2020.
Following their celebrated production of ‘Othello’ in 2017, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory are back at Wilton’s in their 20th anniversary year with riotous William Shakespeare comedy, ‘Much Ado About Nothing‘.
‘”Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me”.
Home from war, a group of soldiers attempt to put their fighting days behind them. But adjusting to civilian life isn’t easy, especially when love is thrown into the mix. How do you let go of your demons? How do you learn to be your real self again? And what does that mean for the friendships that helped you survive?’
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is an examination of the lies we tell each other and ourselves. Shakespeare’s play is a riotous story of trickery and pretence: both the innocent playful kind that might help two people find each other; as well as the darkly treacherous kind that might have terrible consequences.
With a vivid array of characters, Elizabeth Freestone directs this tumultuous and unpredictable play about finding yourself, finding happiness, and finding love.
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will run at Wilton’s Music Hall from 12th to 23rd November.
2b theatre company present ‘Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story‘.
This darkly funny musical folk tale is based on the true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees fleeing Romania for Canada in 1908. The full cast has now been announced for this shape-shifting experience, taking you on a whirlwind exploration of what love actually means across the centuries.
‘A thing of raw and unmissable beauty’ (Herald Scotland), ‘playful, mysterious, brave and astonishingly captivating’(Musical Theatre Review), ‘Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story‘ will run at Wilton’s Music Hall from 18th to 28th September.
‘Who really was the man behind the music?
You are invited to Palm Springs, California, 1971. Frank Sinatra faces retirement. The air is electric and the crowd jockey for position at Sinatra’s last intimate show. But times are changing as the Rolling Stones and David Bowie dominate the charts. Sinatra’s blue eyes are bloodshot and his face craggy with booze, cigarettes and memories. Things take an unexpected turn when he drinks ‘One for My Baby’ too many.
This is the 2am Sinatra you dream of meeting. Dangerous. Unpredictable. Brilliant’.
Following a sell-out premiere season at Crazy Coqs and two acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe seasons, see more than Strangers in the Night as you’re taken up close and personal to a Sinatra that you could never have dreamed of meeting in ‘Sinatra: Raw‘.
Richard Shelton, who wrote and performs in ‘Sinatra: Raw’, is one of the world’s most acclaimed Sinatra interpreters. Cast as Sinatra in the hard-hitting drama, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’ in the West End, his gritty portrayal won Richard a Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination from the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards and international acclaim.
The production is presented by James Seabright, in arrangement with Mike Leigh for MLA Talent.
‘A glorious and compelling masterpiece’ (London Theatre 1), ‘Sinatra: Raw‘ will run at Wilton’s Music Hall from 22nd October to 2nd November.
Further highlights include:
- ‘The Crown Dual‘ – After a sell-out run at the King’s Head Theatre, ‘The Crown Dual’ (3rd – 14th September) comes to Wilton’s following its run in Edinburgh. This right royal treat re-imagines the story of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II in 70 minutes of frenetic hat-passing, period accents and corgi impressions that will leave you in need of a cucumber sandwich.
- ‘ This Is Not Right‘ – ‘This Is Not Right’ (1st – 5th October) is a new play by BAFTA and Olivier award-winning playwright John Godber (Bouncers, Scary Bikers). The hilarious and unfiltered story of Holly Parker, a talented girl from Hull, explores the struggle of navigating life with a single parent Dad who becomes obsessed with keeping her safe.
- ‘The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps‘ – ‘The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps’ (14th – 16th October) returns to Wilton’s in the thrilling musical performance that’s perfect for audiences young and old. When 7-year-old Crispin inherits his family home, he begins to learn the bizarre and hilarious stories that have led to him being there all by himself…
- Plus a brilliant selection of music, cabaret, poetry and film, including ‘Carradine’s Cockney sing-a-long‘, ‘Poet in the City‘ and ‘The Lucky Dog Picturehouse‘.
There’s something for everyone this autumn at Wilton’s!