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Wilton's Autumn 2019 Season will feature the first female Scrooge on the English stage

Christmas Carol – a fairy tale by Piers Torday based on the story by Charles Dickens - from Dee McCourt (Borkowski Arts)

Season preview

WILTON’s Music Hall has announced its Autumn 2019 Season and it includes Christmas Carol – a fairy tale (November 29, 2019 to January 4, 2020), with the first ever female Scrooge on the English stage.

A reimagining of the Dickens classic, written especially for Wilton’s by award-winning author Piers Torday, it will be directed by Stephanie Street and designed by Tom Piper.

Ebenezer Scrooge is dead, but his sister Fan married Marley and, as his widow, has now inherited his business. Fan Scrooge rapidly becomes notorious as the most monstrous miser in London. Seven years later on Christmas Eve, Fan is haunted by three spirits.

Created by the team behind the acclaimed The Box of Delights, audiences can expect spellbinding magic, haunting music and masterful puppets, all set in the uniquely Dickensian atmosphere of Wilton’s.

Prior to Christmas, Wilton’s will host the darkly funny musical-cum-folk-tale-cum-gig experience Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (September 18-28), exploring how love can be found even in the darkest of times.

Farce comedy comes to Wilton’s this autumn in the form of The Crown Dual (September 3-14). Written by Olivier Award-nominated Daniel Clarkson, it is described as a frantic and side-splittingly funny reimagining of how Elizabeth Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II (simultaneously recreating the two Netflix series). Following a sell-out run at the King’s Head Theatre last year and a smash Edinburgh Fringe run, audiences can expect 70 glorious minutes of frenetic hat-passing, period accents and, of course, corgi impressions…

Following their critically-acclaimed run of Othello (a co-production with English Touring Theatre) in 2017, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory returns to Wilton’s (November 12-23) to celebrate their 20th anniversary with Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare’s riotous story of trickery and pretence – both innocent and playful, and darkly treacherous – is directed by Elizabeth Freestone following her acclaimed Henry V last year.

From light to dark comedy, Wilton’s will host the London premiere of This is not Right (October 1-5), a new play by one of the UK’s most acclaimed playwrights John Godber. This is not Right is the hilarious and unfiltered story of Holly Parker, a talented girl from a Council estate in Hull and her single-parent Dad, following their lives through school bullying, anxiety, debt and an obsession with Madeleine McCann. Something is certainly not right…

Lost Dog’s Juliet & Romeo (November 5-9) triumphs in this theatre-dance-comedy production, which reveals that the star-crossed lovers didn’t actually die after all. Juliet and Romeo shed light on their middle-aged lives and how they’re haunted by their teenage fame.

Written and performed by Richard Shelton, Sinatra: Raw (October 22 – November 2) is a masterpiece of a show, giving audiences an unfiltered and no-holds-barred look at the life of a legend. Revealing the man behind the music, the production returns to London following a sell-out premiere season at Crazy Coqs and two acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe seasons.

The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps

For younger theatre goers, celebrated poet and broadcaster Murray Lachlan Young mixes compelling story telling in The Mystery of Raddlesham Mumps (October 14-16) with a brilliant musical score by Arun Ghosh, oodles of theatricality and a touch of exquisite silliness.

Movie buffs will be delighted as Lucky Dog Picturehouse’s iconic silent film series returns, where classics are accompanied by live music in a magical evening of cinema and sound. Movies appearing as part of Adventures in (silent) Movieland (August 5-9) include: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1922); Buster Keaton: The General (1926); Piccadilly (1929); and Harold Lloyd: Speedy (1929).

Opera della Luna make a welcome return to the Wilton’s stage with their hilariously fast-paced production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore (August 28-31), whilst Doye Mosse Productions present Lady of Jazz (October 7-9), an uplifting evocation of 1920s New Orleans and the gripping story of Honey Grey, lead singer in her Daddy’s band.

The now legendary OneTrackMinds returns (October 10-12) for an evening of music and storytelling as a group of creative minds share the one song that changed their lives, whilst Poet in the City also return with Hidden by Clouds: An Ode to the Victims of Domestic Violence (September 9), a tribute to all women murdered by violent men. Told through Old Viking Skaldic verse and music, it is presented by Icelandic poet Gerður Kristný.

This season also sees the phenomenal Falling Man (August 19-20) arrive at Wilton’s. This is a hard-hitting, bold and explosive look at what it means to be ‘masculine’ in the modern world and the toxicity that can drive young men to depression and suicide.

Celebrating five years of sell-out performances at Wilton’s, Tom Carradine presents his uproarious evening of song and dance Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-Long (October 17), from traditional East End classics to Victorian ditties to big West End numbers.

Continuing to celebrate the glories of Music Hall, Carmina Victoriana: A thoroughly modern music hall (October 18-19) brings together the great and the good of London’s drag, comedy and cabaret to hail its history, from the East End to the modern Tower Hamlets. It includes performances from the likes of Miss Hope Springs, Diane Chorley, Crystal Rasmussen and more.