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WILTON’S MUSIC HALL MAKES ITS PANTOMIME DEBUT

WITH ROY HUDD’S ‘DICK WHITTINGTON’

 

Photo by Steve Ullathorne

 

Don't miss Roy Hudd's Pantomime Dame debut!

        Dick Whittington will be Wilton’s Music Hall’s first ever staging of a pantomime

        Written by and starring Roy Hudd OBE and directed by his wife Debbie Flitcroft

         Dick Whittington will run from 1 - 31 December 2015

         Wilton’s Music Hall,  is the oldest surviving grand music hall in the world

 Ladies and gentleman! Boys and Girls! Listen carefully…what an East-End treat we have for you! The enchanting DICK WHITTINGTON and his trusty cat Tommy return to the heart of London from 1 - 31 December 2015 - and where could possibly be better to shout ‘He’s behind you!’ than in the beautifully restored Wilton’s Music Hall?

 The oldest surviving grand music hall in the world, Wilton’s Music Hall will be staging its first traditional family pantomime. Dick will be treading the golden streets of London looking to make his fortune and of course there are dames, baddies, romance, danger and evil rats a-plenty in toe.  

For veteran comedian, actor, writer and broadcaster Roy Hudd, it was love at first sight. Having spent decades writing, directing and performing in pantomime, he fell in love with Wilton’s and has written this very special version of Dick Whittington especially for the venue itself. The story will take the audience on a magical voyage from London’s docks to a far-off Sultan’s Palace and back.

 Roy, an authority on the history of musical hall entertainment, said: “Together with music hall, pantomime is Britain’s great contribution to the world of popular entertainment. To be part of a true family show in the oldest music hall in Europe is a dream come true.”

 Directing is Roy’s wife, Debbie Flitcroft, who readily admits that she’s learnt everything she knows about pantomime from her other half whom she met whilst working on her first ever pantomime at The Theatre Royal Nottingham. This will be her 14th year directing pantomime, but her first guiding her old man. Debbie has hand-picked a stellar cast of season panto performers including; Simon Burbage, Gareth Davies, Nicole Davis , Steven Hardcastle, Amelia Rose Morgan , Ian Parkin & Josh Tevendale. Like Roy, Debbie is bowled over to be working with such a terrific cast at the magical venue that is Wilton’s Music Hall.

The spectacular Dick Whittington will be a delight for all the family this Christmas. So if you’re looking for an alternative to busy high street crowds and want that traditional tingly Christmas feeling, come on down to Wilton’s;  get cosy and warm the cockles of your heart, enjoy a tiddly wink or warm cup of mulled wine, gorgeous mince pies and mouth-watering food from Bliss Catering. The sheer magical beauty of Wilton’s music hall will truly encapsulate the festive season.

 

WILTON’S MUSIC HALL

Wilton’s Music Hall is a gem in the heart of the East-End and the best surviving example and only intact survivor of the early music hall era. This prestigious venue has been carefully  repaired after four years of building work with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, SITA Trust, Viridor Credits, The Loveday Charitable Trust, The Foundation for Sport and the Arts, Garfield Weston Foundation, Aldgate and Allhallows, The City Bridge Trust, The Foyle Foundation and numerous other Trusts and individuals to which Wilton’s are hugely grateful. 

The Grade 2 Star listed building is a focus for theatrical East End history as well as a living theatre, concert hall, public bar and heritage site. It fully reopened to the public after four years of building works from September 2015 after completing it’s much needed and vital Capital Project to secure the unique building. As part of the Capital Project, Wilton’s has opened up 40% of the building which was not previously accessible.

 In the 1950s the building fell derelict, during the 1960s personalities such as Sir John Betjeman and Spike Milligan campaigned for the survival of Wilton’s and in 1997 audiences were once again invited to see a performance, this time The Wasteland, performed by Fiona Shaw and directed by Deborah Warner.

 

 

Photo by Steve Ullathorne

 

Ticket Information

1-31 December 2015

Matinee show start-time: 2pm

Evening show start-time: 7pm

 http://wiltons.org.uk/

Box Office: 020 7702 2789

 

Previews

1 - 2 December

Stalls: £25

Benches: £20

Children under 16: £10 (matinee performances only)

OAPs: £10 (matinee performances only)

 

Main Run

3 – 31 December

Stalls: £30

Benches: £25

Children under 16: £15 (matinee performances only)

OAPs: £15 (matinee performances only)

 

 

Address: Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB

Directions: http://wiltons.org.uk/visit

 

Creative Team

Written by & starring Roy Hudd

Director - Debbie Flitcroft

Musical - Director Steven Geraghty

Designer - Mark Hinton

Lighting - Designer Jody Kelly

Choreographer - Helen Jeckells

 

 

 

 

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