The world’s oldest surviving music hall, Wilton’s in E1, is marking the first stage in its redevelopment project with a production of ‘The Great Gatsby’, which runs until March 23. The musical, which is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, will be performed in the newly revamped auditorium which has had its structure overhauled as part of a £1.1 million project. It now needs to raise an additional £300,000 to finalise phase two of the regeneration, which will restore the front of house area which suffers from a leaky roof and crumbling floors and walls. The venue is also aiming to create four new studio spaces for rehearsals, education and community work, and spaces to hire.
As well as asking the public to donate towards the scheme, the venue has also launched a new app, called Wilton’s Mystery, which takes users on a mysterious tour of the music hall and promises to uncover, ‘lost rooms and forgotten secrets, [and] unlock floors and doors to release the hidden past.’ The app goes on sale from March at £1.19, and is available on Apple and Android, with all sales going towards the fundraising project. So go on, give a doughty old East Ender a bit of a leg up and donate your pennies! Rebecca Taylor
To donate to Wilton’s, see wiltons.org.uk, call the Box Office on 020 7702 2789 or text WMHT18 £10/£50/£150 to 70070.