Wilton's Music Hall is part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
Wilton's Music Hall is the oldest Grand Music Hall in the world. We're Crowdfunding because COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the organisation. Please make a donation to support our future.
Why are we crowdfunding?
When we closed our magnificent building in March due to COVID-19, we instantly lost all of our income streams. Like many others we have had to cancel hundreds of individual performances, our Christmas production and our emerging musicians festival. Whilst we do not know when we can open again at capacity we are very proud that we will be offering a socially distanced season of theatre and music January – March 2021.
Your donations will be used to help us: survive the next six months; save jobs; work with artists and freelancers; produce an actual live season of work for our audiences. All in all this will help us secure the future of our magnificent theatre.
About Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton’s Music Hall, tucked down a quaint alley in East London, is the only surviving Grand Music Hall in the entire world. With its uneven wooden flooring, elegantly twisting barely sugar columns and artfully distressed walls, this Grade II* listed building is one of the most evocative, magical and unique performing arts venues in the UK.
Wilton's has captured the imagination of artists and audiences for over 160 years. Since 1859 Wilton's has served as a music hall, a Methodist mission and today presents a programme of extraordinary theatre and music all year round.
In the last year alone we staged over 400 performances of over 80 productions, welcoming over 60,000 visitors to our magnificent building. Our creative relationships with companies like The Watermill, Shakespeare at Tobacco Factory, Mark Bruce Company and ENO to name a few have seen work created specifically for Wilton’s. We have been home to the first East End BBC Prom, hosted the London International Mime Festival and championed new writing including plays by James Graham, Patterson Joseph, Chris Thorpe and Joy Wilkinson.
"You can just feel that many a jolly evening has been had in there. The shape of it is so unusual that I think it’s really inspiring for theatre makers because they start to reinvent their relationship with the audience. It’s magical." – Cate Blanchett
About Save Our Theatres
In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills.
But we risk losing this forever.
Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Six months later, we still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – too late for most to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.
This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.
Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.