Wilton’s Music Hall has begun a fundraising campaign to enhance its acoustics for theatre and spoken word.
Wilton’s, which at more than 150 years old is the world’s oldest music hall, reopened in 2015 after a four-year restoration process.
It now stages a programme of theatre and live music. However, the venue said its spoken-word acoustics were of lower quality than those for music.
It has now launched the Beautiful Word campaign that hopes to raise £750,000 to improve this, as well as upgrade audience seating.
The push is being backed by David Suchet, who will chair efforts to raise money and who said: “Wilton’s is a venue I have known for many years and I adore it – it’s my local.
“While the acoustics in the hall are excellent for opera and unamplified music, they are not as good for the spoken word. This has to be addressed and we need everyone’s help to make this historic theatre even more wonderful.”
The campaign will officially launch on September 15, with a one-off celebrity version of the live storytelling show OneTrackMinds, in which individuals discuss one song that changed their life. Suchet has already been confirmed to feature on the line-up, which will include “the great and the good of the arts world”.