Wilton’s Music Hall welcomed the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in a visit to officially re-open the East End institution.

Prince Charles, a patron of the world’s oldest surviving music hall, was accompanied by his wife to meet the architects and historians involved in the venue’s repair and conservation project.

The royal, dad to Princes William and Harry, had previously stepped foot inside the east London theatre in 2006 when it lay derelict.

The hard work of experts and volunteers has seen the 17th century building, created in Graces Alley in 1690 as houses, fully repaired and restored.

After chatting about the work involved they enjoyed short variety performances compered by Simon Callow during their trip on Thursday, January 28.

Morgan and West then brought alive their Victorian magic show before pianist Gwyneth Herbert and Frances Ruffelle combined for a cabaret piece followed up by some belly-laughs from Barry Cryer and his son, Bob.

Executive director at Wilton’s Music Hall Holly Kendrick said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall into Wilton’s Music Hall to mark a significant moment in the history of the venue.

“Wilton’s is a sensational historic venue for the modern day, in the heart of the East End, and a celebrated home of culture and community spanning a huge variety of genres from theatre, dance and music to cabaret and comedy.

“After a lengthy transitional period, Wilton’s is officially back on the map and we are all tremendously excited for what this year’s programme will bring.”

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