The world’s oldest surviving music hall, and a hub for live music and vibrant, adventurous theatre.
Wilton’s Music Hall is situated in London’s historic East End. As the world’s oldest surviving music hall, it is both a focus for theatrical and East End history and a living theatre, concert hall, bar and heritage site. Wilton’s hosts a large variety of artistic works, including plays, opera, puppetry, classical music, cabaret, dance and magic shows, alongside a year-round programme of education and heritage activities, including workshops, talks and tours.
Wilton’s began life as five houses built in the 1690s. The largest of these became an ale house in the 18th century; in 1839 a concert room was added. John Wilton bought the ale house in c1850 and adapted the concert room into a music hall. The building was used as a music hall until 1881 and as a Methodist mission 1888–1956, and subsequently fell into disrepair. A nationwide campaign to save the hall and preserve it as a living theatre began in the 1950s and was completed in 2015.
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