January 30, 2023
One of London’s “best kept secrets”, the truly beautiful Grade II* listed Hoxton Hall, is 160 years old this year. And 2023 sees the venue standing proud and ready to continue its reputation as a vibrant heritage cultural and creative hub – Hoxton Hall has always been a community space since opening in 1863.
In an exciting start to the year, Hoxton Hall welcomes its new Chief Executive, Stuart Cox, fresh from his success as Arts and Wellbeing Director/Deputy Chief Executive at St Margaret’s House, Bethnal Green. Stuart has a strong track record for innovative ideas and creative programming throughout his career in the participatory arts including: teaching arts in schools and colleges, and his valued work at both North London’s Jackson’s Lane and the Blue Elephant Theatre in South London. His ingenuity continues at Hoxton Hall which is bubbling and ready to show that it is a space for everyone to enjoy.
Stuart Cox says: “I have always been aware of Hoxton Hall, but it was coming to a recent Open Day that made me certain this is the place I wanted to be. The building is so special and there is a warm welcome from staff and volunteers alike – I caught their enthusiasm for this amazing heritage creative hub! I feel very lucky to be welcomed into the team and look forward to bringing my skills to this stunning space.”
Hoxton Hall houses one of the most magical theatres in the UK, being one of a handful of original Victorian music halls remaining. The auditorium has a wooden interior, two-tiers of cast-iron balconies and two fireplaces on the ground floor – but surprisingly the theatre also now has a state of the art lighting rig, lifts for accessibility and air conditioning, integrated by expert architects to protect its Grade II* heritage. The theatre is used as a location in films like See How They Run (2022), TV such as Michaela Cole’s I May Destroy You, music videos, commercials and especially for intimate live gigs including: Biig Piig, Chrissie Hynde and Damian Lewis (yes, that Damian Lewis!).
A vibrant venue for live theatre, music and comedy, the new season on the unique stage of Hoxton Hall starts with Circus Enchanté, a fantastic circus show for the whole family, with performances on the 17th and 18th February 2023. And one of the fabulous acrobats might well be recognised by the local audience members, as he is Hoxton Hall’s very own professional circus performer and front of Front of House Manager Toffy-who will be performing his new act including hand stands and acrobatics on upstanding champagne bottles!
Hoxton Hall also houses rehearsal studios, a recording studio and spaces for hire, including the adjacent building Hoxton Works with sixteen individual work-spaces – within a heritage site! The tenants enjoy working within this growing creative hub and already include: community organisations, a record label, charities, agents, architects, designers, vocal coach – and the latest arrival at Hoxton Works is the acclaimed Counterpoints Arts–a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and cultural change working nationally and internationally.
The beating heart of Hoxton Hall is its long and successful history of community engagement with its brilliant Youth Arts & Participation programmes for children and young people – delivering fun, creative and accessible activities every day of the week. Not to mention the recording studio that local music artist Kojey Radical helped kit out, and who still pops by to join in sessions!
Who knew so much was going on behind the classic 19th Century frontage of Hoxton Hall on Hoxton Street–hidden slap bang in the middle of one of the buzziest, vibrant and fast growing areas of London?!
The future is looking good for Hoxton Hall, for their local community and beyond.
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