Victorian Music Hall To Re-Open This Year After £2 Million Refurbishment

Date Published 13 August 2015

It has been announced that Hoxton Hall, one of East London's most revered entertainment venues, is to be re-opened later this year after closing its doors for refurbishment back in 2013.

The venue, a Grade II* listed structure originally built in 1863, will become a home for contemporary variety shows. The restoration project has amounted costs of upwards of £2 million, and has increased the capacity of the music hall by over 300 — more than doubling its previous size.

To accompany Hoxton Hall's re-opening will be an intriguing performance piece that explores the area's connection with substance abuse. Created by Outside Edge, a company made up of performers who have been directly affected by addiction, Rockston Stories will debut the hall, running from September 29th to October 17th.

In addition, a partnership has been announced with immersive film event producers — Secret Cinema — as part of its new-look, which is led by new artistic director and chief executive Karena Johnson. Secret Cinema have ties with companies who conduct immersive film screenings, whose screenings of particular note include Back To The Future and The Empire Strikes Back.

Johnson has said of the partnership: 'My role is to build a new vision for the best kept secret in Hackney — creating a home for contemporary variety performance, celebrating its music hall roots while developing a 21st century space for entertainment with a real connection to the ever-changing communities of Hoxton.'

Hoxton Hall re-opens in September, and is sure to be a big-hit on the ever-expanding entertainment radar of East London.