Wilton's Music Hall Reviews
Description:Broomhill Opera runs Wilton┐s Music Hall in London┐s East End, with two main seasons per year and, as from April 2000, ... more
Newest Review: ... to the likes of Gerorge Leybourne (Champagne Charlie) and top artistes of the time from Covent Garden. When John Wilton died in 1880 the music hall continued for a few years but was then taken over as a Methodist mission until 1956 during which time it also served as a shelter in the blitz if WW2. After a successful campaign led by Sir John Betjamin in 1964 Wilton's was given a Grade II * ... more
Customer Wilton's Music Hall Reviews (2)
by - written on 03/06/09 (Very useful, 216 readings)
Wilton's Music Hall in London's East End is a truly magnificent building. It's the oldest and last surviving Grand Music Hall in the world - yes, the world! It's still being used to hold concerts, plays, talks and the occasional music hall variety show, but it's falling into disrepair and for some time a campaign has been under way to save Wilton's. I first went there to see singer Marc Almond perform, a venue which incidentally is perfect for his style of chanson and torch song, and just fell in love with the place. History In 1858 John Wilton built the music hall behind his pub 'The Prince Of Denmark' (with it's locally famous Mahogany Bar) by buying up ... Read the complete review
by - written on 10/04/03, updated on 10/04/03 (Very useful, 368 readings)
Wilton's was the first purpose-built music hall, and survives today in something remarkably close to its original state, though currently in very faded splendour. Derelict for many years, it has lately become the home of Broomhill Opera, a company of absolutely top class singers in the early stages of their professional career, dedicated to bringing opera to a wider audience. The wider audience doesn't so far include our taxi driver, who had never heard of the place and needed the location map I had printed off from the website. Imagine the sort of London East End alleyway that's part newly rebuilt flats, part building site and part seedy ... Read the complete review
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