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Wilton’s Music Hall - Spring 2018

Kneehigh: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk c Steve Tanner. Marc Antolin as Marc Chagall and Audrey Brisson as Bella Chagall.

Season preview

WILTON’S Music Hall has announced its 2018 spring season. Europe’s oldest surviving grand music hall, it will play host to a range of spectacular theatre and dance, teaming up with a number of prestigious production companies.

Kneehigh opens the new season with a mesmerising production of the award-winning and critically acclaimed The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (January 17 to February 10). Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Directed by Emma Rice, this mesmerising production makes a welcome return to London, following its sold out run at the Sam Wanamaker playhouse last year.

Daniel Jamieson’s play traces the young couple as they navigate the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other with live klezmer music from Ian Ross and James Gow inspired by Russian Jewish folk tradition.

East London’s favourite old-fashioned knees-up, Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long, returns on February 13, with traditional popular songs from across the decades, Music Hall ditties, World War I and II songs and West End show tunes.

The enormously popular OneTrackMinds (February 14 and 15) also returns to Wilton’s for the ultimate evening of storytelling and music as a selection of writers, musicians and thinkers come together to present a song that changed their life. A thought-provoking celebration of the power of music, this is TED Talks meets Desert Island Discs meets The Moth Radio. Past guests have included actress Jessie Buckley, legendary songwriter and music manager Simon Napier Bell, Tulip Siddiq MP and poet Lemn Sissay.

From February 23 to March 17, multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company present a striking dance theatre re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the classic tale of ambition, corruption and power. Goaded by the whispers of demons, the Macbeths (Jonathan Goddard and Eleanor Duval) unleash murder for their own gains and set in motion their path to madness and self-destruction, unravelling events in a nightmare they cannot control.

Mark Bruce Company's Macbeth

With a cast of nine and designed by the creative team behind Dracula and The Odyssey, this dance theatre production realises a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means.

Making its European and London premiere at Wilton’s Music Hall is the extraordinary acting and singing one-woman tour de force, Songs for Nobodies (March 21 to April 7). Bringing together five iconic divas – Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas – and five ordinary women whose lives were changed by a chance encounter with a star, the story is told through the incredible talents of singer and actress Bernadette Robinson, for whom the production was specially written.

Following two Australian national tours, rave reviews and unanimous critical acclaim, Robinson seamlessly brings to life each ‘nobody’ and embodies each legend as their stories and songs magically combine in what is described as a funny yet heartfelt play. With music written by renowned playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, Songs for Nobodies is directed by Simon Philips, the man behind Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.

Robinson effortlessly shifts from the smoky blues of Billie Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Maria Callas, via Garland, Cline and Piaf, in an extraordinary performance in which she is accompanied by live musicians.

Time-travelling magicians and Wilton’s associates Morgan & West are back on the road with their brand-new magic show Morgan and West – More Magic for Kids – Bigger, Bolder and more brilliant than before! For kids, adults and anyone in between, this marvellous spectacle comes to Wilton’s from April 4 to April 6.

Bigger, better and containing even more magic than before, this is described as a raucous and ridiculous show jam-packed with surprises, unbelievable feats and a load of silliness.

Morgan & West have appeared on ITV1’s The Next Great Magician and enjoyed sell-out seasons (2015 to 2017) at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Image: Top: Kneehigh: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk c Steve Tanner with Marc Antolin as Marc Chagall and Audrey Brisson as Bella Chagall.

Image: Bottom: Mark Bruce Company’s Macbeth.

Also at Wilton’s Music Hall: Les Enfants Terribles’ multi award-winning show The Terrible Infants (until October 28) and The Box of Delights by Piers Torday based on the novel by John Masefield (December 1, 2017 to January 6, 2018).

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.wiltons.org.uk/.