Wilton’s Music Hall have announced their 2018 Autumn season with highlights including ENO performing Paul Bunyan, James Graham’s Sketching and Christmas classic The Box of Delights.
The season opens with English National Opera performing Benjamin Britten’s retelling of the legend of the mythical giant Paul Bunyan. It will be the first time ENO has performed at Wilton’s and forms part of its ENO Studio Live series which seeks to present the immense power of opera in intimate theatre environments. Paul Bunyan runs from 3 – 5 & 7 – 8 September.
One classic follows another, with Watermill Theatre’s bold and beautiful retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (12 – 22 September) coming to the magical surroundings of Wilton’s by way of a 1920’s speakeasy. Set in the Roaring Twenties, where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war, Shakespeare’s classic tale has an energteic jazz soundtrack.
Inspired by Dickens’ first novel Sketches by Boz, James Graham’s Sketching (26 September – 27 October) sets out to explore the diversity and intricate stories that make up London. Eight emerging writers have been picked to co-author the piece which is led and crafted by Graham.
Stephen Macdonald’s acclaimed production Not About Heroes (31 October – 11 November) concludes an acclaimed two-year tour, with a limited run at Wilton’s.
Not About Heroes 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.
BalletBoyz make their Wilton’s debut with Young Men (13 – 17 November), 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.
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.
Piers Torday’s adaptation of John Masefield’s novel The Box of Delights (30 November – 5 January) returns for the Christmas season. The critically acclaimed production follows a schoolboy who is entrusted a box that will see him drawn into an ancient magical struggle that not only sees him fighting for his life but to save Christmas itself!
The season also includes the return of the uproarious Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long (6 August), showings of silent classics with the Pie Face Silent Comedy Film Festival (7-10 August) and 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.