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Wilton’s Music Hall announces 2019 summer season

Seven Deadly Sins from Dee McCourt (Borkowski Arts)

Season preview

WILTON’S Music Hall has announced its 2019 summer season, featuring collaborations with some of the UK’s most exciting production companies.

Bringing pointe shoes to the cobbled streets of London’s East End, Viviana Durante Company in association with Wilton’s present Seven Deadly Sins (May 8 – 18), a re-staging of Kenneth MacMillan’s extraordinary version of the Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht ‘ballet with songs’.

Directed by internationally acclaimed ballet legend Viviana Durante, developed in close association with Deborah MacMillan, and starring provocative performer and Weimar specialist Meow Meow and Royal Ballet principal Laura Morera, as well as Melissa Hamilton and Thiago Saores, the ballet chanté follows the story of enigmatic beauty Anna, who, starting in New York City, dances her way through seven American cities, encountering a different sin in each one, all of which stand in the way of her success.

Brought to life by a cast of 20 singers, dancers and guest Royal Ballet principals, this is a unique opportunity to see classical ballet in the wonderfully intimate space that is Wilton’s.

From ballet to boxing, Troupe presents The Sweet Science of Bruising (June 5 – 29), set deep in the heart of Victorian London in a theatre where only the strongest survive. Fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse, the show takes audiences back to 1869, where four very different women are drawn into the dark underground world of female boxing. Controlled by men and constrained by corsets, each finds an unexpected freedom in the ring.

Staged in an electrifying atmosphere, the production features an ensemble cast and thrilling live boxing matches, and brings to life this little-known but important part of the City’s history.

The Sweet Science of Bruising from Dee McCourt (Borkowski Arts)

Wilton’s institution OneTrackMinds returns (April 24 and 25, May 28 and 31, June 1 and July 11). VERYFINE presents the incredibly popular live storytelling event where a vibrant selection of people from all walks of life tell a thought-provoking story about a song that changed their life, in a brilliant and fascinating combination of Desert Island Discs, The Moth Radio and TED Talks.

The beauty of an evening with OneTrackMinds is the variety: from the heart-breakingly sad to the hilariously funny and outright ridiculous, it is always poignant and wonderful.

Dead Poets Live (July 8), another celebration of the spoken word, also returns to Wilton’s, staging the poetry of the greats with an evening of great performers and surprises.

Music takes centre stage when Steve Pretty On the Origin of the Pieces (July 16) takes audiences on a cultural voyage of discovery through musical evolution around the world, The Salts present Songs from the Sea (May 29), featuring maritime songs and much-loved classics, and Tom Carradine returns for another uproarious evening of song with Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long (April 23).

Elsewhere, murder and ambition go hand in hand at Wilton’s in May, as The Faction present Mark Leipacher’s multi-award-nominated and critically-acclaimed production of Patricia Highsmith’s extraordinary psychological thriller The Talented Mr Ripley (May 21 – 25) in a new version.

Then it’s improv time as The Society of Strange Summer Madness (May 30) present one night of midsummer madness with their eerie, edgy and entirely improvised show, whilst Dmytro Morykit returns once more to wow audiences with his incredible piano concert-cum-film screening Metropolis Live (April 27), as well as his new pieces Nevertheless: Precipitation and Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light (April 26).

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck from Dee McCourt (Borkowski Arts)

Going back to its music hall variety roots, Wilton’s welcomes back the intergalactic Bourgeois & Maurice, this time with a whole host of the funniest, filthiest and most subversive performers London has to offer in Bourgeois & Maurice’s Supercreeps (July 2 – 6). Wilton’s also welcomes cabaret star Tricity Vogue, who fronts a swinging line-up of the very finest female jazz musicians for a magnificent extravaganza of cheeky cabaret and some saucy original numbers in Tricity Vogue’s All Girl Swing Band (July 24).

The best of London’s cabaret community come together for Cabaret vs Cancer’s Ashes to Ashes (July 18) to celebrate the genius of David Bowie, whilst Martin, Izzy & Friends (July 12) bring their unique and fun blend of musical genres and comedy, and Wilton’s favourite, the People’s Pensioner and the Queen Mother of our Hearts, Ida Barr brings her show Granarchist back to the East End stage (July 9 – 10).

It’s not just adults having all the fun though. There’s a colourful and varied children’s programme this season at Wilton’s, including Murray Lachlan Young’s brand-new family show The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (Apri 16 – 17), a delightful fusion of storytelling, poetry, physical theatre and a touch of silliness, and the enchanting The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck (May 28 – June 1), a magical introduction to classical music through Beatrix Potter’s much-loved characters, who evoke nostalgia in adults and children alike.