1 Nov - 30 Nov 2013
We’ve seen some batshit crazy things at Hoxton Hall over the years, most of it brilliant, all of it bizarre – from the daredevil aerial antics of the So and So Circus to an oh-so-curious debut play called Gilbert is Dead about Darwinism, taxidermy, Victorian mores and adventure. Which is why we’re excited that the Victorian music hall is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a month-long collection of “varieties” which seem to cherry pick from its successes over recent years. The proposed bill includes burlesque shows with Immodesty Blaize (7 and 8 November) double bill screenings of Hitchcock films (21 November), a vintage clothing fair and tea dance (16 November), a comedy night (28 November) plus a plethora of yet-to-be-scheduled antics we’ll be keeping a close eye on.
London’s Victorian music halls are integral to the rhythm and pace of the capital’s cultural life, marching to the beat of their own drum, yet chiming with the staccato trill of more contemporary venues. That each of these 150th celebratory events is helping to meet the venue's £300,000 fundraising target is inspiration enough to go along and support – but that they will also be super fun and yet another opportunity to revel in the old-world glamour of this incredible venue adds simply more fuel to the cultural fire.