THEATRE & BAR
We’ve had some fab times at Wilton’s Music Hall – from weddings to ping pong tournaments to Fiona Shaw’s one-woman performance of The Wasteland. As one of the capital’s oldest Victorian music halls, its dilapidated grandeur is a magnificent backdrop for all manner of creatively off-beat adventures. So the fact that it has been semi-operational for what feels like eons while they renovate has left something of a hole when it comes to left-field go-tos that are guaranteed to cheer, entertain, bemuse and amuse. But no longer. As of September, its main hall reopens. Kicking things off is original drama in the form of The Sting (9th September to 17th October), a jazz-infused caper of revenge, con-artistry, murder and mobsters set in 1930s Chicago. Shortly after this closes, on 24th October, is one event we’ve specially got our eye on: an evening of raucous piano sing-a-longs to music hall, WWII and West End classics. Switching the vibe is the “lost” Italian opera opening on 10th November – L’Ospedale, or The Hospital, a medical satire based on a libretto by Antonio Abati and score by an unknown 17th century composer, and performed by Rachel Szmukler Solomon’s Knot baroque collective. December, meanwhile, sees a panto par excellence – Dick Whittington. That’s our festive night out sorted, then… And for those who love the sound of the ambience and atmosphere but want to bypass the theatre, a plethora of intimate, exposed-brick, reclaimed-wood style bars – including The Mahogany and the Cocktail Bar – make for buzzy, off-the-beaten-track drinking dens for those looking for something a little out of the ordinary.