Discovering London’s Theatres: Wilton’s Music Hall

We begin this new blog series with Wilton’s Music Hall. And what a place to start…

Wilton’s might just be the most beautiful theatre in all of London. It’s ornate frontage looks like it belongs in Florence or Venice rather than the heart of East London.

You see, this Grade II listed building is in fact the world’s oldest grand music hall. It began life as an alehouse in the 1740s and reached its hayday in the nineteenth century as it evolved into a concert hall crammed to the rafters with audiences from across the East End. It takes its name from a man called John Wilton who bought it in 1859, but it has survived to the present day because of what it means to people in the area. This building wasn’t just a centre of working class culture – from the end of the 19th century through the early 20th century it also served as one of the biggest soup kitchens in London, feeding the starving families of striking dock workers in times of industrial strife.

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Introducing: Theatres of London

There are few greater pleasures than discovering something new that you end up falling in love with it; whether it’s a book, a song or a piece of theatre.

Stagedoor is all about curiosity; helping those with a passion for theatre to seek out new experiences. Our app is designed to help you push your cultural horizons, whether you’re someone who is just beginning to figure out what you like – or a certified theatre-buff.

One of the wonderful things about the medium of theatre is the relationships you can build with the theatres themselves. Each one has its own unique identity, its own special brand of programming and a unique community of people who congregate around it.

That’s why we’re starting a new series of blogs all about theatres. We’re going to post about our favourites from across the city and give you our 2 cents on what makes them unique. And if you like what you read, you can follow these theatres on the Stagedoor app:

You see, when you follow a theatre on Stagedoor you’ll begin to see their shows in your For You feed.* By following more theatres on the app, you make your Stagedoor experience more personalised – helping you to stay up to date with the theatres you love the most.

So, without any further ado, let’s start with our first featured theatre: the gorgeous Wilton’s Music Hall

*currently IOS only but the For You section is coming to Android soon!