Wilton’s Music Hall announce Autumn season with ENO, James Graham’s SKETCHING and the return of Christmas classic The Box Of Delights



Wilton’s Music Hall today announces its stunning autumn season, which sees collaborations with forward-thinking theatre companies, era-defining playwrights and prestigious institutions. Continuing what has been an incredible year of theatre for Europe’s oldest music hall, this new season is set to be the best yet.

For the first time in its history, English National Opera will perform a piece at Wilton’s Music Hall as they present Paul Bunyan (3-5 and 7 – 8 September), Benjamin Britten’s retelling of the legend of the mythical giant, as part of its ENO Studio Live series. The initiative seeks to present the immense power of opera in intimate theatre environments, and the chance to see an iconic piece in such an atmospheric venue will be unmissable.

From one classic reimagining to another, the renowned Watermill Theatre brings its bold and beautiful retelling of Twelfth Night (12 – 22 September) to the magical surroundings of Wilton’s by way of a 1920’s speakeasy. Renowned for its progressive and collaborative approach to Shakespeare, Watermill Theatre have set this classic tale in the Roaring Twenties, where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war. Following a hugely successful UK and international tour and set against a soundtrack of energetic jazz music, the ensemble reunites to create a dizzying and glorious production.

Wilton’s are delighted to welcome Olivier Award-winning playwright James Graham (Ink, This House, Quiz) with his brand-new multi-authored play SKETCHING, presented by Bozco Ltd. in association with Wilton’s Music Hall (26 September – 27 October). Inspired by Dickens’ first novel Sketches by Boz, the piece sets out to explore the diversity and intricate stories that make up London, using eight emerging writers picked out from a submission list of over 800 applicants who will co-author the works led and crafted by Graham. Directed by Thomas Hescott (Tory Boyz, The Act, Outings), this is a unique and observant piece celebrating the rich patchwork of people and narratives that make up our beloved capital. Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.

Stephen Macdonald’s acclaimed production Not About Heroes (31 October – 11 November) is a tale of friendship, joy and loss, exploring the relationship between two of the most celebrated World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon who met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917 and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. This strictly limited London run concludes an acclaimed two-year tour, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice. Flying Bridge Theatre Company partners with Wilton’s Associate Artists and Olivier Award winners Seabright Productions to present this enduringly powerful love letter to poetry and the strength of the human spirit.

Making their Wilton’s debut from 13 – 17 November are the ingenious BalletBoyz with Young Men, a poignant and powerful hybrid of live dance and film bringing to life their Rose d’Or award-winning film which chronicles the experiences of those sent to fight in The Great War. Performing to an evocative and mesmeric score by cult singer/songwriter Keaton Henson with choreography by Iván Pérez, the BalletBoyz dancers burst from screen onto stage as the two genres beautifully intertwine.

A glorious fusion of theatre, cabaret and drag, Dietrich: Natural Duty (19 – 24 November) is an intoxicating one (wo)man show revealing the life of a legend, Marlene Dietrich. In her gold sequinned gown on the battlefields of Africa in 1942, she takes to the stage to fight the war her way; with an irresistible mix of songs, sequins, sex and sympathy. Following a highly-acclaimed Edinburgh Festival run and sold out shows at VAULT festival, it’s time for audiences to fall in love with her all over again…

Explore a world of magic, sorcerers, flying cars and festive delight as the critically acclaimed production The Box of Delights by Piers Torday based on the novel by John Masefield (30 November – 5 January) returns, a Wilton’s Music Hall and Hero Productions co-production. Schoolboy Kay Harker is entrusted with a magical box after a mysterious meeting on his train home for the holidays; he is drawn into an ancient magical struggle which will see him fighting not just for his life but to save Christmas itself. Back by popular demand after its debut last year, this enthralling festive tale returns for a limited run of 45 performances. Watch out, Kay Harker, for the wolves are running…

In the rest of a jam-packed season, Wilton’s sees the return of the uproarious, good old-fashioned knees up that is Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long (6 August), showings of silent classics with the Pie Face Silent Comedy Film Festival (7-10 August) and the always wonderful OneTrackMinds (6 September) where a vibrant selection of writers, musicians and thinkers celebrate the power of music by sharing stories about the one song that changed their life.

Joining them will be the exceptionally popular Dead Poets Live presents Bob Dylan: The Words of the Songs (5 November) performed by none other than British acting legend Toby Jones and for a festive cabaret experience, join Nicky Gayner and her band for Nicky Gayner’s Unashamedly Christmas (21 December), a show brimming with sparkling fun and festive ditties, old time classics, cheeky pop hits and of course a few unexpected treats from the bottom of her stocking. For younger theatre goers, 22 and 23 November sees the return of Chickenshed presents Tales from the Shed, a vibrant, interactive show packed full of silliness and fun for kids aged 0 – 6.


Listings Information

Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long

Dates: 6th August

Times: 8pm

Prices: £6.50 – £16, no concessions

The Lucky Dog Picturehouse presents

Pie Face Silent Comedy Film Festival

Dates: 7th – 10th August

Times: 7.30pm

Prices: £10 full price, £8 concessions


ENO Studio Live presents Paul Bunyan

Dates: 3rd – 5th & 7th – 8th September

Times: 7.30pm; 2pm matinee & 7pm performance Saturday

Prices: £17.50 – £32.50 full price, £15 – £30 concessions


Dates: 6th September

Times:  7.30pm

Prices: £5 – £12 full price, £3 – £10 concessions


The Watermill Theatre Presents Twelfth Night

Dates: 12th – 22nd September

Times: 7.30pm; 2.30 Thursday & Saturday matinees

Prices: £12.50 – £27.50 full price, £10 – £25 concessions


Bozco Ltd, in association with Wilton’s Music Hall, presents Sketching by James Graham

Dates: 26th September – 27th October

Times: 7.30pm; 2.30pm Saturday matinees

Prices: £9 – £35 full price, £7 – £33 concessions


Flying Bridge Theatre Company and Seabright Productions presents Not About Heroes

Dates: 31st October – 11th November

Times: 7.30pm; 2.30pm ThursdaySaturday & Sunday matinees

Prices: £12.50 – £25 full price, £10 – £22.50 concessions


Dead Poets Live presents Bob Dylan: The Words of the Songs

Dates: 5th November

Times: 7.30pm

Prices: £12.50 – £25 full price, £10 – £22.50 concessions


BalletBoyz: Young Men

Dates: 13th – 17th November

Times: 7.30pm; 2.30pm Saturday matinee

Prices: £15 – £27.50 full price, £12.50 – £25 concessions


Dietrich: Natural Duty

Dates: 19th – 24th November

Times: 7.45pm; 3pm Thursday & Saturday matinees; 6.30pm & 8.30pm on Friday

Prices: £12.50 – £22.50 full price, £10 – £20 concessions


Chickenshed presents Tales from the Shed

Dates: 22nd & 23rd November

Times: 11.30am

Prices: £6 (£5 for education groups, free for babies under 6 months)


Nicky Gayner’s Unashamedly Christmas

Dates: 21st December

Times: 1.30pm

Prices: £5 – £17.50 full price, £3 – £15.50 concessions


Wilton’s Music Hall and Hero Productions present The Box of Delights by Piers Torday, based on the novel by John Masefield


Dates: 30th November – 5th January

Times: 7.30pm Mondays-Saturdays, 2.30pm matinees

Prices: £12.50 – £35 full price, £10 – £30 concessions


School packages available, including a free teacher ticket for every 10 pupil tickets booked

Recommended age 7+