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Open House

21st September 2013 - 22nd September 2013

10am - late

Free, Donations recommended

Gain a rare insight into the working wonder that is Hoxton Hall.  This unique grade II* listed Music Hall, was first opened to the public in 1863 and was intended to be a place for education.  Now an arts organisation and a Young Hackney Centre, the Hall provides a comprehensive youth arts programme throughout the year, as well as being a spectacular venue for all manner of events including long theatre runs, comedy nights, weddings and concerts.

As a popular building in the Open House event, we are delighted to announce the following schedule for the weekend:

Saturday 21st September

With doors opening at 10am, the morning will be a relaxed affair with tours of the building and a chance to see our wonderful exhibition, documenting the 7 ages of Hoxton Hall's history.  So why not have a wander about the building and get yourself a cup of tea in our newly refurbished cafe/bar area.

After the success of our Architectural tours last year, Hoxton Hall Architect Edmund Wilson (Foster Wilson) will be back for three special tours on the hour from 11am until 1pm. Find out more about the building and in fact Hoxton Street's fascinating history and enjoy an informative and fun tour. These tours need to be prebooked so please book your place here.

From midday there will classical Music Hall songs in the theatre as well as a costume display of classical Victorian period costumes. Come and join in or enjoy the entertainment with a nice cuppa.

Throughout the day (times TBC) you will have the opportunity to meet our resident archivist Kirsty Fyfe who will be giving talks about the Hall's extensive archive which she has been working with to formally catalogue over the past few months. She has uncovered a bounty of treats and this will be her first public talks on her findings, so be sure not to miss this. Following the talks Kirsty will open up to questions and answers. Talk times will be published on Monday 16th September.

In the evening we are delighted to be presenting Wicked Women:

“Once upon a time in old London Town there lived a very wicked woman”

Historical drama company, Grim Times present a murderous fairytale revealing some of London’s most horrible lady-killers.  Exploring issues such as mental illness, witchcraft, victimisation, prostitution and physical abuse and by blending original trial transcripts with fairy tale motifs and characters, the play recalls real life stories and observes many social statements, sadly still familiar today.

Contains some crime details, not suitable for ages below 13.

About Grim Times:

Grim Times are a historical drama company with a strong track record working with local authorities, historic sites, museums and visitor attractions. We focus on devised historical drama intervention that highlight the lives of many of London’s lesser-known but still fascinating historical characters by using harrowing history to enhance social statements and promote local history learning and understanding.

Wicked Women Reviews:

“Wicked Women is portrayed in a spellbinding, vital and touching way which was completely gripping”  - Frances Johnson: Library customer services officer

“ Highly entertaining piece of theatre. " Tudor Allen Senior Officer, Archives, London Borough of Camden

“ Seduced by excellent drama”  - Lynn-Marie Harper

Tickets are available to book here.

Sunday 22nd September

On Sunday there will be a relaxed and informal start, so feel free to drop by from 10am and take a lesurely stroll around the building. With our vintage short film 'A Little of What You Fancy' on rotation in the theatre sit and learn more about our music hall past and enjoy some refreshments from our cafe.

We will be welcoming back accordion player Nick Hart who won many hearts last year with his emotive tunes, who will be in and around the theatre and adjacent rooms throughout the day.

In the afternoon we are delighted to be welcoming the popular Magic Lantern Show 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

We shall be bringing 'the oldest form of projection' to east London's most elegant venue, for special musical showcase of some of our most mysterious magic lantern slides. The show will be followed by a brief introduction.

Part of Open House Weekend and Scalarama

Tickets for ths event are free of charge, please book your place here.

Across the weekend there will be a bounty of other treats including a dance performance entitled Humble 150, choreographed and performed by some of our own young dancers.

Alternatively you can drop in and explore our local victorian gem and learn about Hoxton History.