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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Babel Junction
On from 28 Apr 2006 to 14 May 2006
Hackney Empire
by Akkas Al-Ali, Samina Baig, Michael McMillan, Stacy Makishi & Jessica Smerin

When Hackney district nurse Evelyn Brewster suffers a miscarriage, the ghost of her Tante Melda begins to take over.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Three Sisters
On from 16 May 2006 to 20 May 2006
Hackney Empire
by By Anton Chekhov - Adapted by Mustapha Matura

Colonial Trinidad 1941. Three sisters live a privileged life in Port of Spain with their unworldly brother and his domineering wife, occupying their lives with empty marriages and indiscreet liaisons.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
The Fureys & Davey Arthur
On from 23 May 2006 to 23 May 2006
Hackney Empire

An evening of music, song and story fro Ireland's finest. Hear them sing all their hits including Sweet 16, Green Fields of France, Red Rose Café etc.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
BBC Concert Orchestra presents Eurovision & Abba Tribute
On from 25 May 2006 to 25 May 2006
Hackney Empire
by x

Celebrate 50 years of Eurovision's best (and worst!) hits. Or will our Abba tribute be the winner that takes it all!?

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Kids Theatre Genre - Musical
Fun Song Factory
On from 02 Jun 2006 to 03 Jun 2006
Hackney Empire
by Various

Join Melody, OJ, Page, Cookie and Cal as they put you through your musical paces at the Fun Song Factory!

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18 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
Verdi's Rigoletto
On from 04 Jun 2006 to 04 Jun 2006
Hackney Empire
by Ellen Kent & Opera International

A stunning traditional production recapturing the decadence of Renaissance Italy with lavish sets and opulent costumes.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Luv Esther
On from 07 Jun 2006 to 10 Jun 2006
Hackney Empire

Following in the footsteps of musicals like Joseph, Luv Esther uses a Biblical backdrop to tell an exhilarating and inspiring story.

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18 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - New Writing Genre - Stand Up
Henry Rollins, 25 Years of Bull$#*t!
On from 11 Jun 2006 to 11 Jun 2006
Hackney Empire
by Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins presents his Grammy award winning spoken word performance of intense mordant wit and hysterical comedy.

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Genre - Drama
Paradise Lost
On from 27 Jun 2006 to 01 Jul 2006
Hackney Empire
by John Milton, adapted by Ben Power

Paradise Lost, the greatest epic poem in the English language, is a richly theatrical vision of the Fall of Mankind.

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Genre - Musical Genre - New Writing
The Spice Festival
On from 09 Jul 2006 to 29 Jul 2006
Hackney Empire
by Various

The Spice Festival is the Hackney Empire's celebration of the cultural life of Hackney – London's most independently minded, vibrant and downright creative borough.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
Michael Ball Celebrates Anthony Newley
On from 31 Aug 2006 to 31 Aug 2006
Hackney Empire
by BBC Orchestra

In a special concert for BBC Radio 2, Michael Ball celebrates Newley's life and work. With special guests.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Gina Yashere – I Don't Think So!
On from 08 Sep 2006 to 09 Sep 2006
Hackney Empire
by Gina Yashere

The dynamic stand-up comic and TV favourite is back with a brand new show packed with her trademark inspired jokes and infectious wit.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Classic
Henry V & Much Ado About Nothing
On from 19 Sep 2006 to 23 Sep 2006
Hackney Empire
by National Youth Theatre

The company celebrates its 50th anniversary by staging abridged versions of these two popular Shakespeare classics.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Restoration
On from 26 Sep 2006 to 30 Sep 2006
Hackney Empire
by Edward Bond

Wickedly funny, Restoration is a comic masterpiece of life above and below stairs.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
English Touring Opera present A Baroque Festival
On from 06 Oct 2006 to 14 Oct 2006
Hackney Empire
by English Touring Opera

English Touring Opera launches a festival of some of the best from opera’s first one hundred years. These four productions feature a baroque orchestra (including theorboes, sackbuts and coronetts) and some of the best young singers in the country.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
La Tati
On from 15 Oct 2006 to 15 Oct 2006
Hackney Empire
by Flamenco Express

No history of flamenco is complete without a comprehensive account of this incomparable dancer, the purest synthesis of flamenco blood, soil and spirit.

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18 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
The Billie Holiday Story
On from 23 Oct 2006 to 24 Oct 2006
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Billie Holiday's tempestuous story is brought to life by a multi-talented cast of West End performers, incorporating dramatic scenes and 22 familiar hits.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
Madama Butterfly
On from 01 Nov 2006 to 01 Nov 2006
Hackney Empire
by Puccini

Ellen Kent’s beautiful production, complete with exquisite Japanese garden, returns by popular demand

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Musical
da Kink in my Hair
On from 08 Nov 2006 to 25 Nov 2006
Hackney Empire
by Trey Anthony

Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, this amazing new musical play gives voice to eight black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Comedy Genre - Kids Theatre
Cinderella
On from 02 Dec 2006 to 13 Jan 2007
Hackney Empire
by Susie McKenna

The Hackney Empire is proud to present this year's magical pantomime Cinderella. Directed by Susie McKenna.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - New Writing
Sit and Shiver
On from 25 Jan 2007 to 18 Feb 2007
Hackney Empire
by Steven Berkoff

A new black comedy starring Steven Berkoff

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Chinese State Circus
On from 20 Feb 2007 to 25 Feb 2007
Hackney Empire
by Chinese State Circus

The circus that changed traditional entertainment forever, explodes into 2007 with the greatest family entertainment ever assembled beyond the Great Wall of China.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
WHISKY GALORE - THE MAKING OF A FILLUM
On from 26 Feb 2007 to 03 Mar 2007
Hackney Empire
by BV Productions

When the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground in a patch of scotch mist, 50,000 cases of US-bound liquor are washed ashore.

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Daughters of soul
On from 25 Jun 2007 to 25 Jun 2007
Hackney Empire
by Hackney empire present by arrangement with Yellow Go-rilla Production Ltd

A Gala Benefit in aid of the Hackney Empire and the Hackney Harlem Project.
The Daughters of Soul honour their unforgettable parents, such as soul icons Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway and Chaka Khan in their own special way. Daughters Simone and Indira Khan, side by side with spiritual daughters Nona Hendryx, Sandra St.Victor & special guest Deniece Williams, make this amazing line up 'Daughters of Soul' a thrilling, dynamic experience.

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Yippeee!!!
On from 27 Jun 2007 to 28 Jun 2007
Hackney Empire
by the Cholmondeleys and the featherstonehaughs and Yum Yum band

YIPPEEE!!!”
New work by The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs. Live music by Yum Yum Band
Not for the faint hearted!!!

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Limbo: stories from 7/7
On from 26 Jun 2007 to 07 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Verb Theatre

Verb Theatre, in association with the Hackney Empire, present 'Limbo: Stories from 7/7', winner of 'The Peter Brook Empty Space' award 2006. A unique mixture of Verbatim and fiction revolving around the lives of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Tracy Beaker Gets Real
On from 03 Jul 2007 to 07 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by By Mary Morris music by Grant Olding, Lyrics by Mary Morris based on the The story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

15-year-old Tracy Beaker is back at the Dumping Ground... again! Many of the faces she knew before at the children’s home are still there: Justine Littlewood is still an enemy, Peter Ingham is still annoying, and Elaine the Social Worker is still a pain.

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Genre - Musical
Journey Man
On from 08 Jul 2007 to 08 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Good Fortune Promotions

"Friday Night is Fight Night Ladies and Gentlemen. Jaws will drop...Drawers will dampen." Gangsters and your Molls, come sit your privileged backsides down in the front row as part of the fundraiser for the most original piece of musical theatre to punch it's way into London since Shockheaded Peter

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Barnaby Brown: Orphan Extraordinaire
On from 08 Jul 2007 to 08 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by The Dog-Eared Collective

Feral comedy. A Victorian joyride through glitz and gruel with Dickens riding pillion. Wheeeeeeeeee! After critical success at The Dublin International Fringe

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Genre - Musical
Itinerants
On from 09 Jul 2007 to 09 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Itinerants

An epic music theatre piece ITINERANTS is the story of a soldier's woman, FLORA and her unwitting accomplice MAUD set against raw and beautiful C19th Britain.

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Genre - Drama
On The Waterfront
On from 10 Jul 2007 to 11 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Steven Beroff

Steven Berkoff returns to the Empire leading a staged performance workshop adaptation of the multi Oscar Winning classic film On The Waterfront. A sneak preview into Steven Berkoff's latest theatrical venutre prior to a full performance next year.

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Genre - New Writing
Twice Nightly During the Week
On from 11 Jul 2007 to 11 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Scamp Strings Theatre

A story of ten journeys and a lost soul. A story of paths that cross one Wednesday night as the sky swirls big and grey above the Hackney Empire.

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Cardboard Citizens' Cabaret
On from 12 Jul 2007 to 12 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Cardboard Citizens'

Cardboard Citizens' work aims to give homeless people an identity and a voice, using the performing arts as a tool to effect social change.

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The Hackney Youth Theatre Festival 2007
On from 15 Jul 2007 to 15 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Created by young people from the borough

These are pieces of work that have been created by young people from the programmes run by the theatres and theatre companies in the borough. We hope you'll join us and them to celebrate the extraordinary creativity of the young people in Hackney.

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The Robot Show
On from 16 Jul 2007 to 16 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by By Greg McLaren and Neil Bennun

The Robot Show brilliantly and hilariously dissects our imaginary and physical relationship to technology and looks toward a future of tin-foil superbots and a rather strange love affair.

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The Cosmicorus
On from 17 Jul 2007 to 17 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by The Cosmicorus

Cinematic in parts & rich in imaginative insight, the vastly original material evokes widescreen worlds of humour, conflict, joy, pain, serenity & space.

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The Exchnge
On from 21 Jul 2007 to 21 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Paul Claudel

Sell out success in the London Fringe festival!

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
On from 21 Jul 2007 to 21 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by 1927

A theatrical cabaret which combines live music and performance with animation and film.
This is the only chance to see 1927's edinburgh preview!

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On from 22 Jul 2007 to 22 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by By not only Jonathan Hansler but also Clive Greenwood

Mar 2002. A dead Dudley Moore arrives in a comedians Limbo to find Peter running a bar (what else)The stage is set for a showdown as not only do they have to resolve their differences but also they face divine judgement for Derek & Clive and on their way to damnation/salvation (delete where necessary) they meet comedians who influenced their lives for good or bad

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy
The Family
On from 24 Jul 2007 to 29 Jul 2007
Hackney Empire
by Theatr Licedei

Poetic eccentricity, raging creativity and scathing humour are the trademarks of these artists from the world famous St Petersburg Company. Their shows are exploding spectacles, each one more devastatingly hilarious than the other.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
I Miss Communism
On from 29 Aug 2007 to 22 Sep 2007
Hackney Empire
by Inew Wurth

East goes West; communism goes capitalism; atheism goes God. From Croatia to America and back, this intense dramatic comedy solo show is about 3 women, 3 generations who lived through 3 wars, 3 concentration camps, 3 governments, 3 countries and 3 currencies The story is about freedom of the spirit not the political systems. It’s about a woman coming of age. It’s about war, religion and God. It’s about Oliver Twist. Through music, tears and great comic timing this story can’t leave you untouched.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Musical Genre - Stand Up
Circus Showdown
On from 27 Sep 2007 to 27 Sep 2007
Hackney Empire
by Gekko Events/Hackney Empire Theatre

Experience the Circus Showdown – the finest circus cabaret acts today battling for the honour of being voted the best! There can be only one winner… Witness first hand the cutting edge of contemporary circus. Aerialists swing it out against acrobats; clowns compete against contortionists. And you – the audience – helps decides who wins!

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Genre - Musical
Hackney Empire Music Hall
On from 30 Sep 2007 to 30 Sep 2007
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Join us for a fabulous evening of Amazing Music Hall! We have it ALL. Music, magic, song and dance – a fine and fabulous line-up of some of the greatest acts on the Music Hall Stage!

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
Vacant Possession
On from 25 Sep 2007 to 13 Oct 2007
Hackney Empire
by Ray Brown

Following the national successes of playwright and radio 4 regular Ray Brown’s ...is normal! and Living Pretty comes Vacant Possession a new comedy in which a lonely young innocent buys a house from a lonely old fantasist and gets more than he bargained for! This wickedly intelligent yet heart-warming comedy features two excellent actors and an inflatable woman.

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Genre - Musical
The Gospel According To Broadway
On from 16 Oct 2007 to 20 Oct 2007
Hackney Empire
by Chapman Roberts

The Gospel According to Broadway- The Harlem Gospel Ensemble, The London Community Choir and America’s Michael Terry Singers celebrate this exciting new anthology of the Greatest Hits of African American Sacred Music with a classical touch as conceived and directed by Broadway Choral director/ arranger Chapman Roberts.-featuring tributes to Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, Mahalia Jackson and other world acclaimed gospel/ spiritual composers, and arrangers.

Gala Performance with BBC Concert Orchestra 16th October

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Comedy Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Dick Whittington and his Cat
On from 01 Dec 2007 to 12 Jan 2008
Hackney Empire
by Susie McKenna

Following last years box office breaking roaring Twenties version of Cinderella the Hackney Empire returns with a rip roaring swash buckling version of Dick Whittington and His Cat. Think Jack Sparrow meets Indiana Jones with a big dash of west end spectacle all set in Medieval London. Wrriten and directed by panto legend Susie McKenna.

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Brainiac Live!
On from 22 Feb 2008 to 24 Feb 2008
Hackney Empire
by Brainiac

Strap on your safety googles, boys and girls: Science's greatest and most volatile show is coming to the Hackney Empire: Briainiac Live!

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Genre - Classic
Moscow City Ballet: Swan Lake
On from 25 Feb 2008 to 26 Feb 2008
Hackney Empire
by Tchaichovsky

Moscow City Ballet make a welcome return to the Hackney Emprire, due to overwhelming demand.

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Genre - Drama
The Elephant Man
On from 25 Mar 2008 to 29 Mar 2008
Hackney Empire
by Bernard Pomerance

A major play coming to us from the Lyceum Theatre. Critically acclaimed director, Ellie Jones, directs Pomerance's award-winning play which sensitively tells the story of John Merrick's remarkable dignity and horrific deformity.

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Genre - Drama
Beau Jest
On from 07 May 2008 to 01 Jun 2008
Hackney Empire
by James Sherman

The Hackney Empire is proud to present the UK premiere of Beau Jest, the smash Off-Broadway sensation.

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Genre - Drama
Steven Berkoff - One Man Shows
On from 09 Jul 2008 to 10 Jul 2008
Hackney Empire
by Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff returns to the Hackney Empire for two nights only for a special run of two of his legendary one man shows.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Forty
On from 02 Aug 2008 to 17 Aug 2008
Hackney Empire
by Angie Le Mar

One night – five women – twenty five years?
A funny, explosive, emotional rollercoaster of an evening!

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama
Gone Too Far!
On from 19 Aug 2008 to 23 Aug 2008
Hackney Empire
by Bola Agbaje

Nigeria, England, America, Jamaica; are you proud of where you're from? Dark skinned, light skinned, afro, weaves, who are your true brothers and sisters?

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Comedy Genre - Kids Theatre
The Family
On from 07 Sep 2008 to 27 Sep 2008
Hackney Empire
by Teatre Licedei

Last chance to see this critically acclaimed show.
Watch as one of the world's greatest physical theatre companies turns the art of clowning on its head.

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Genre - Classic
ETO Carmen & Rusalka
On from 09 Oct 2008 to 11 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by Bizet & Dvorak

Passion, jealousy and the destructive power of love: ETO's Autumn Season features opera at its most involving.

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An night of mediumship by psychic medium Tony Stockwell
On from 12 Oct 2008 to 12 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by Tony Stockwell

The country’s most exceptional medium will be returning to Hackney Empire with his
amazingly accurate messages from loved ones who have passed over.

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Genre - Musical
Sing-a-long-a Abba
On from 14 Oct 2008 to 14 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by Singalonga Partnerships

The concert event Abba fans have been waiting for… The Swedish supergroup’s greatest hits performed live with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in!

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Genre - Comedy
The Real McCoy Reconnected
On from 18 Oct 2008 to 19 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by Trix Worrell (creator and writer of Desmonds)

Dual Impact Productions, has successfully reconnected the five original cast members of the UK’s first ever black TV comedy sketch show!

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Genre - Drama
The Brothers
On from 24 Oct 2008 to 25 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by Angie Le Mar

Angie Le Mar's The Brothers is back for two nights only and is now going to be filmed for and aired on MTV Base!

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Genre - Drama
Jamaica, Farewell
On from 07 Oct 2008 to 26 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by Debra Ehrhardt

A hilarious and moving autobiographical one woman show that transports the audience to 1970s Jamaica.

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Genre - Classic
La Boheme
On from 26 Oct 2008 to 26 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by Puccini

Ellen Kent & Amphitheatre Productions present a spectacular new autumn tour, bringing a touch of the Colosseum of Rome to the Hackney Empire.

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Genre - Classic
National Youth Ballet
On from 28 Oct 2008 to 29 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by National Youth

The highly acclaimed National Youth Ballet, celebrate their 21st anniversary with a dynamic October season at Hackney Empire.

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Genre - Musical
The Alessi Brothers Live!
On from 30 Oct 2008 to 30 Oct 2008
Hackney Empire
by Alessi Brothers

The Hackney Empire is proud to announce The Alessi Brothers Live! in their first UK date in decades!

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Genre - Musical
Mark E Smith presents The Fall
On from 31 Oct 2008 to 01 Nov 2008
Hackney Empire
by The Fall

Mark e Smith and his Fall have evolved into a unique and very British cult phenomenon. This show is not to be missed!

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Genre - Comedy
The Comedy School 10th Anniversary
On from 10 Nov 2008 to 10 Nov 2008
Hackney Empire
by The Comedy School

Come join Phill Jupitus, Felix Dexter, Judith Jacob, Arthur Smith, Nina Conti, Shazia Merzia, The Comedy Store Players, Neil Mullarkey and many more comedy friends.

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Genre - Musical
Frank Giasullo - Art Themen Quartet
On from 16 Nov 2008 to 16 Nov 2008
Hackney Empire
by Frank Giasulo

This Quartet has created a distinctive sound, enhanced by its strong repertoire of original compositions by New York composer Frank Giasullo.

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Shaolin Wheel of Life
On from 04 Nov 2008 to 22 Nov 2008
Hackney Empire
by Shaolin Monks

Shaolin, Wheel of Life is the critically acclaimed live Kung-fu extravaganza that has thrilled and astonished audiences all over the world.

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Genre - Drama
Foreskin's Lament
On from 05 Nov 2008 to 22 Nov 2008
Hackney Empire
by Greg McGee

Back by popular demand!
This is the stuff of rugby, this is how legends are made!

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Jimmy Carr Joke Technician
On from 09 Dec 2008 to 09 Dec 2008
Hackney Empire
by Jimmy Carr

After a sell out show in 2007 Jimmy Carr returns with Joke Technician. This show is exactly the same as last year except every single word.

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Genre - Drama
Chicken
On from 25 Nov 2008 to 13 Dec 2008
Hackney Empire
by Mike Batistick

Wendell's wife is pregnant. His wayward best friend sleeps on their couch. In an effort to get some money together, Wendell buys a rooster... everything changes!

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Genre - Classic
Hackney Proms - Circle of Fifths
On from 21 Dec 2008 to 21 Dec 2008
Hackney Empire
by Circle of Fifths

Hackney Proms Sunday morning Christmas concert for all the family features The Circle of Fifths.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Kings and Queens of Comedy Christmas Explosion
On from 21 Dec 2008 to 21 Dec 2008
Hackney Empire
by Curtis Walker, Gina Yashere, Kojo & Mark Theobold

After a sell out performance at the Broadway Theatre, the Kings and Queens of Comedy bring their Christmas Explosion to Hackney Empire for one night only.

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Genre - Musical
Mother Goose
On from 29 Nov 2008 to 10 Jan 2009
Hackney Empire
by Susie McKenna

The phenomenally successful Hackney Empire pantomime returns for 2008's festive season and this year's its... Mother Goose!

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Genre - Comedy Genre - New Writing Genre - Stand Up Genre - Kids Theatre
New Act of the Year
On from 17 Jan 2009 to 17 Jan 2009
Hackney Empire
by The Hackney Empire

The annual New Act of the Year show, compered by Arthur Smith, presents 12 of the acclaimed newest acts on the comedy circuit.

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Genre - Kids Theatre
Boroughs United
On from 18 Jan 2009 to 18 Jan 2009
Hackney Empire
by Boroughs United

A celebration of singing, dancing and rapping/MC, this talent show brings together young people as they battle for the perpetual, Boroughs United Shield.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Kids Theatre
Count Down Awards
On from 19 Jan 2009 to 19 Jan 2009
Hackney Empire
by The Learning Trust

Countdown is an evening of celebration and inspiration for Hackney’s secondary school students. It’s organised by The Learning Trust, the not-for-profit company who look after all Hackney’s schools.

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Genre - Kids Theatre Genre - New Writing Genre - Musical Genre - Drama
Discover Young Hackney
On from 23 Jan 2009 to 23 Jan 2009
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

After last year’s sell out show, the Hackney Empire proudly present the return of the DIcsover Young Hackney Festival Launch and multicultural variety show and talent contest “I’m In”, once again on the hunt to discover the best in the borough.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
SpongeBob Square Pants
On from 03 Feb 2009 to 08 Feb 2009
Hackney Empire
by Nickelodeon

Dive in to the UK stage premiere of SpongeBob Square Pants – 'The Sponge Who Could Fly' the exciting new musical about dreams, friendship and soaring to new heights.

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RSC - Othello
On from 10 Feb 2009 to 14 Feb 2009
Hackney Empire
by William Shakespeare

The RSC returns after its sell-out run of Noughts & Crosses at Hackney Empire with Othello. A story of its time and for our time, Othello is urgent, gripping and radical.

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Genre - Kids Theatre
Anansi and the Magic Mirror
On from 19 Feb 2009 to 07 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Talawa Theatre Company

The naughty spider-man is brought to life in a fun-packed family show by the famous Talawa Theatre Company. Bring all your peeps to laugh and learn from Anansi’s antics!

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Genre - Kids Theatre Genre - Musical
Anna Fiorentini Variety Show
On from 08 Mar 2009 to 08 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Anna Fiorentini

Students aged 7 – 19 from the Hackney based Anna Fiorentini School perform their annual variety showcase of West End musicals as well as contemporary pieces.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Classic
English Touring Opera present Mozart's The Magic Flute and Janacek's Katya Kabanova
On from 12 Mar 2009 to 14 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Mozart & Janacek

The ETO is proud to present new, lavish productions of two of the world's most favourite Operas. Mozart's well-loved The Magic Flute and Janacek's moving Katya Kabanova.

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Genre - Stand Up
Feelings-The Jean Adebambo Memorial & Benefit Concert
On from 15 Mar 2009 to 15 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Jean Adebambo’s legacy lives on in this tribute charity concert and memorial ceremony. Hosted by Angie Le Mar and Eddie Nestor.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Classic
On Liberation Street
On from 20 Mar 2009 to 21 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Grand Union Orchestra

"Telling the stories of today's East Londoners through the music of the world."

The sensational Grand Union Orchestra joins forces with 150 of East London's finest young performers!

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Genre - Stand Up Genre - New Writing Genre - Musical Genre - Drama Genre - Comedy
In Celebration of My Sisters
On from 22 Mar 2009 to 22 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Brenda Emmanus

Brenda Emmanus hosts a star studded night of poetry, dance, music and inspirational speeches.

A mother's day show not to be missed!

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Genre - Drama
The Hounding of David Oluwale
On from 24 Mar 2009 to 28 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Oladipo Agboluaje

4 May 1969 and the battered body of a 38 year old man is pulled from the River Aire. An internal police inquiry will follow, revealing how he had been the victim of horrific, systematic, police brutality.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama
Bodega Lung Fat
On from 11 Mar 2009 to 28 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Sampson was once employed but now needs help from his friend Wheelchair, owner of the Brooklyn Bodega. Times are bad but it just gets worse.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Classic
Hackney Empire Music Hall
On from 29 Mar 2009 to 29 Mar 2009
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire Music Hall

Take a stroll down memory lane and sing along to all your old favourites or simply sit back and enjoy the finest example of Music Hall in the most beautiful Edwardian theatre in London.

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Genre - Drama
The Vagina Monologues
On from 02 Apr 2009 to 04 Apr 2009
Hackney Empire
by Eve Ensler

Based on author Eve Ensler's 'Vagina Interviews' conducted with women from all around the world. As sharp as Sex and the City and as unmissable as Friends.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama
Forty
On from 02 Apr 2009 to 12 Apr 2009
Hackney Empire
by Angie Le Mar

After the huge sell out success of Forty last season Angie Le Mar steps back onto the stage to head the strong cast once again bringing a compassionate play about coming of age, friendship and atonement.

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Genre - Comedy
Kings and Queens of Comedy and Lovers Rock
On from 12 Apr 2009 to 12 Apr 2009
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

This night promises to be the highlight of the Easter weekend. The best of both worlds!!

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Genre - Classic Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
Fire of Antatolia
On from 23 Apr 2009 to 26 Apr 2009
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

This world famous dance spectacular has played more than 1000 shows in 40 countries to over 8 million visitors.

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Genre - Kids Theatre Genre - New Writing Genre - Musical
Be Your Best Rock Challenge 2009
On from 29 Apr 2009 to 01 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Be Your Best Foundation

An inspirational anti-drug and crime prevention vehicle for primary and secondary schools and colleges, Rock Challenge sees groups create a dance-based performance.

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Genre - Stand Up Genre - Comedy
I am Slim
On from 02 May 2009 to 02 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Danny 'Slim' Gray

Award winning stand-up hero Danny 'Slim' Gray presents his latest one man show I AM SLIM, with brand new material about growing up with his Mum, his siblings and... The Belt!

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
In His Hands
On from 27 Apr 2009 to 02 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Roberto Martins

Matthew Xia directs the young cast of urban theatre in a film noir styled exploration of gun trafficking and the lives it affects.

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12 and above - recommended age group Genre - Classic Genre - Musical
Verdi's Aida
On from 03 May 2009 to 03 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Ellen Kent & Amphitheatre Productions

The splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Colosseum of Rome in this spectacular new production from Ellen Kent & Amphitheatre Productions.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Kids Theatre
The BFG
On from 05 May 2009 to 09 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Roald Dahl

The BFG is classic Dahl and this brand new stage show promises to mix up heart-pounding adventures with life-long friendships, jumbly words and even some whizzpopping in front of the Queen!

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Paul Merton's Silent Clowns
On from 10 May 2009 to 10 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Paul Merton

Don't miss this wonderful new show featuring Buster Keaton’s Seven Chances. Plus the funniest clips from Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Dis Shoodbe on TV
On from 14 May 2009 to 17 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by FreeStreet Entertainment

The boys and girls are back with a host of comedy characters and sketches destined to appear on a TV screen near you.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Two Plays for Gaza
On from 21 May 2009 to 21 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Caryl Churchill/David Wilson & Anne Aylor

A benefit for the Gaza Music School and Stop the War Coalition
Introduced by Tony Benn, music set by Reem Kelani

Seven Jewish Children
by Caryl Churchill (10 minute play)

The Trainer
by David Wilson & Anne Aylor (1 hour performed reading)

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Best of the Best Comedy Xplosion!!
On from 23 May 2009 to 23 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Heartbeat Entertainment

Heartbeat Entertainment proudly presents another two nights of top quality comedy.

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Genre - Musical
Ferhat Göçer
On from 24 May 2009 to 24 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Divaa Productions

Divaa Productions bring you the first ever UK performance by the Turkish singer Ferhat Göçer....

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Feedback
On from 27 May 2009 to 28 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Muziektheatre Transparant

Tune into the newest European music for kids from Muziektheatre Transparant. Join musician Bert Bernaerts and mime artist Rudi Galindo as they lead children through an interactive expedition into the universe of music using electronics and new technologies.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Strictly Come Laughing
On from 31 May 2009 to 31 May 2009
Hackney Empire
by Friends of Tafo

A side splitting night of laughter with Eddie Nestor, Robbie Gee and Kat as your hosts featuring a host of comedians including, Richard Blackwood, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Eddie Kadi, Felix Dexter, Felicity Ethnic, Quincy, Glenda Jaxon plus many more. There will also be surprise guests from the world of television, film and music. All proceeds from the night will go to Kwahu-Tafo in Ghana.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Musical
National Opera Showcase
On from 03 Jun 2009 to 04 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by National Opera Studio

Lust, deception and intrigue feature in the National Opera Studio's eclectic mix of opera scenes.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Stephen K Amos - Find the Funny
On from 05 Jun 2009 to 05 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Stephen K Amos

New comedy from the star of LIVE AT THE APOLLO (BBC) and ROYAL VARIETY SHOW (ITV). Sell out 2005/6/7.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Underbling & Vow's Cracking Night Out
On from 06 Jun 2009 to 06 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Underbling & Vow and Psychic Dave

Underbling & Vow and Psychic Dave throw open the doors to the greatest hall of them all for a momentous evening of strange and wonderful comedy & cabaret

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
Maras The Field of Fire
On from 07 Jun 2009 to 07 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Serdar Dogan

‘Those who won't walk in front of their living ones, will eventually walk behind their dead.'

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Milkshake! Live in My First Concert
On from 08 Jun 2009 to 10 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Milkshake!

For the first time ever Milkshake! is hitting the road with a colourful LIVE concert!

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Genre - Stand Up Genre - Comedy
Steppin Outa da Frock!
On from 10 Jun 2009 to 10 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by FreeStreet Entertainment

Richard Nyeila with FreeStreet Entertainment proudly present Wayne 'DibBi' Rollins as you’ve never seen him before!

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
The Sea at Night
On from 14 Jun 2009 to 14 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Luciana Saldanha

Triangle 2009 – 3 weeks, 3 new writers, 3 new plays.
A season of new works from 3 new writers from London's East End.

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Genre - Musical
Kings & Queens of Lovers Rock & Soul
On from 14 Jun 2009 to 14 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Varied

After recent sell out shows Heartbeat Entertainment proudly presents another night of top quality entertainment

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Genre - Musical
Apollo Chamber Orchestra
On from 15 Jun 2009 to 15 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Apollo Music Projects

Apollo Music Projects is proud to present the Apollo Chamber Orchestra's annual Schools Concert at Hackney Empire, this time featuring a complete performance of Beethoven's magnificent 7th Symphony with musical examples and introduction by ACO conductor David Chernaik.

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Shaolin Warriors
On from 16 Jun 2009 to 17 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by THEATRE PRODUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL Ltd

Experience the masters at work in this breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu Show.

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15 and above - recommended age group Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Commercial Road
On from 03 Jun 2009 to 20 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Mina Maisuria

Triangle 2009 – 3 weeks, 3 new writers, 3 new plays.
A season of new works from 3 new writers from London's East End.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
More Bums on Seats
On from 20 Jun 2009 to 20 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Div. Artists

Critically acclaimed comedians Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Brendon Burns, Simon Amstell and Josie Long amongst others will be taking the stage for the highly anticipated second outing of the stand up show More Bums on Seats. These fantastic headline artists will be performing in aid of Cardboard Citizens who provide life changing training and support for London's homeless people.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Drama
Khadija is 18
On from 21 Jun 2009 to 21 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Shamser Sinha

Triangle 2009 – 3 weeks, 3 new writers, 3 new plays.
A season of new works from 3 new writers from London's East End.

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Iyanla Vanzant
On from 21 Jun 2009 to 21 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Iyanla Vanzant

This Father's Day, Dr Iyanla Vanzant, the widely proclaimed author and founder of Inner Visions Worldwide, is back in London to share her wisdom on life, love and men. With a special message to the brothers.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Kids Theatre
We're Going on a Bearhunt
On from 23 Jun 2009 to 24 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Kenny Wax Ltd and Nick Brooke Ltd

We're going to the theatre

We're going to see A Bear Hunt

What a beautiful play!

We're not scared....

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Genre - Musical
Cuba 50: Orquestra Aragon and Yoruba Andabo
On from 25 Jun 2009 to 25 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Barbican and supported by Arts Council England Part of Barbican Summer

A night of steaming Cuban dance music showcasing the African and rural roots of contemporary styles.

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Outspoken Dance
On from 26 Jun 2009 to 26 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Raw Feat

Outspoken Dance returns with its unique blend of dance theatre and spoken word.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Four Bulla & a Pattie
On from 27 Jun 2009 to 28 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Four Bulla & a Pattie

A comedy set around Mr John's local store in the small rural district of Bell Castle, Jamaica. Starring Charles Tomlin, Lavern Archer and Oliver Miller. Bring the whole family to see this hilarious Jamaican comedy.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama
Naked Truth
On from 29 Jun 2009 to 30 Jun 2009
Hackney Empire
by Dave Simpson

Lisa Riley (the larger than life star of Emmerdale & Fat Friends) leads an all-star Cast from stage and screen including Trudie Goodwin (The Bill), Julie Buckfield (Hollyoaks) and Abi Titmuss.

It's a women thing, as five very different women struggle hilariously to conquer pole dancing for an event to raise awareness and money for abreast cancer charity.

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Ballet Black
On from 02 Jul 2009 to 02 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Ballet Black

Inspirational and innovative, Ballet Black is a neo-classical ballet company which honours the traditions of classical ballet while breaking new ground with cutting edge choreography.

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Genre - Musical
Gypsy Hotel
On from 03 Jul 2009 to 03 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Varied

The Urban Voodoo Machine, your hell-raising hosts in red'n'black, will bring you their lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps to Hackney Empire to celebrate the release of their long awaited debut album Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop'n'Stroll.

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Genre - Stand Up Genre - Comedy
'e8s Pride!
On from 04 Jul 2009 to 04 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by 'e8s Pride!

Celebrate Pride with a feast of Americana this 4th July as Hackney Empire drags the party eastside for alternative Pride night we've all been corralled into finger-lickin good shape by everyone's favourite country radio 4 star Tina C – she's a weapon!

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Hackney Empire Sings
On from 05 Jul 2009 to 05 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Proms

Hackney Proms invites Helen Chadwick and friends to dedicate a concert in memory of the Hackney GP, DR Gaby Tobias.

This celebratory concert is a tribute to those who inspire.

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Genre - Drama
Vex
On from 04 Jul 2009 to 05 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Simon Parker

School’s never been so exciting
Just because I got the gun don’t mean I have to do all the shootin’.

A gripping drama about youth, dreams and darkness, a theatre piece that mixes poetic hip-hop, turn tables and text. Set in the turbulent terrain of an inner city comprehensive, Vex highlights the story of Tigs, a young boy growing up, trying to navigate his way through school life and his dreams for the future.

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Genre - Comedy
Cracking Up
On from 10 Jul 2009 to 10 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Varied

Cracking Up! is an innovative comedy show that takes a light hearted look at when life gives you bit of a kicking, and proves that laughter really is the best medicine. Topical, sensitive, and most of all funny.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Red Hot East End Comedy
On from 11 Jul 2009 to 11 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Red Hot East End Comedy

Celebrating the new wave of East End Comedy.

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UK Unsigned
On from 12 Jul 2009 to 12 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by UK Unsigned

As UK Unsigned celebrates its ninth year, MTV and Choice FM's Kat returns to host the UK's biggest non-televised new talent production. 72 acts across 15 categories from all across the UK will give the performance of their lives at the UK Unsigned Grand Finals to follow in the footsteps of past star finalists Leona Lewis, Fundamental and the Flawless Street Dance Group.

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Hackney Proms & Battuta: a Mendelssohn anniversary concert
On from 14 Jul 2009 to 14 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Proms and Battuta

No. 3, Leipziger Straße: an evening at home with the Mendelssohn family.

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Cross Road Blues
On from 16 Jul 2009 to 16 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Cross Road Blues

Brutal, poetic and ultimately devastating, Cross Road Blues recreates one of the most compelling myths in American music: Robert Johnson’s alleged pact with the devil, hatched out at a crossroads one dark Mississippi midnight.

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Genre - Comedy
The 291 Show
On from 17 Jul 2009 to 17 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Varied

Join Delroy, Dibbi and the Delroy Murray Band for a very special, extra fine, summer serving of the 291 experience.

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Genre - Comedy
Best of New Act of the Year
On from 18 Jul 2009 to 18 Jul 2009
Hackney Empire
by Varied

The heavenly Jo Brand presents the best of new comedy talent from the definitive annual comedy competition, New Act of the Year. Come and see the stars of the future perform in the comedy highlight of the summer!

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Genre - Musical
Once on this Island
On from 24 Jul 2009 to 16 Aug 2009
Hackney Empire
by Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty

Join us for a jubilant Caribbean musical this Summer.

Once On This Island is a vibrant and passionate story infused with infectious reggae and calypso rhythms.

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Genre - Comedy
Urban Comedy Awards
On from 22 Aug 2009 to 22 Aug 2009
Hackney Empire
by Varied

The annual Urban Comedy Awards in association with Flavour Magazine and Funny Bizz Entertainment, is dedicated to the celebration of UK comedic genius. A night of side splitting laughter and stylish glamour, hosted by the award winning Fresh Prince of Hackney, Kojo and the International artist formerly of Danity Kane, D. Woods.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Kids Theatre Genre - Musical
Scooby-Doo and the Pirate Ghost
On from 28 Aug 2009 to 30 Aug 2009
Hackney Empire
by Warner Bros.

Join Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred as they encounter a new case to solve in their trade mark Mystery Inc. style. Hold onto your seats as the adventure unfolds with perplexing clues, pirate ghosts and an abundance of Scooby snacks. It's Scooby-Doo and the gang at their finest and funniest, live on stage and back by popular demand.

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This play is ideal for families and children under 12 Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
LazyTown Live! - The Pirate Adventure
On from 30 Sep 2009 to 04 Oct 2009
Hackney Empire
by LazyTown Live!

One of the UK’s most successful theatre touring shows of 2008 is back with a brand new show. LazyTown Live! – The Pirate Adventure has swashbuckling fun for all the family and guarantees to make everyone super-heroes.

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Genre - Musical
Sing-along-a ABBA
On from 06 Oct 2009 to 06 Oct 2009
Hackney Empire
by Sing-along-a

Sing-a-long-a Abba is The Ultimate Abba Party, a chance to sing your heart out all night long to some of the greatest pop songs of all time. Celebrate the music of the Swedish Supergroup in true sing-a-long-a style, with the help of our live singers and magic moments goody bag.

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Genre - New Writing Genre - Musical Genre - Comedy Genre - Classic
HAMLET CLOWN PRINCE
On from 23 Mar 2011 to 26 Mar 2011
Hackney Empire
by Rajat Kapoor

The production by top Bollywood actor and director Rajat Kapoor swept the boards at the 2009 Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, India’s most prestigious theatre prize, winning awards for Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Costume Design. The production has since appeared at international festivals around the world...............

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Classic Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
Isango Ensemble: La Boheme - Abanxaxhi
On from 11 May 2012 to 01 Jun 2012
Hackney Empire
by Isango Ensemble:

Opening in Cape Town at the end of February 2012, this re-imagining of Puccini's classic

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Isango Ensemble: Aesop's Fables
On from 13 May 2012 to 02 Jun 2012
Hackney Empire
by Isango Ensemble:

A vibrant and moving new musical for all the family, based on a brilliant script by Peter Terson.

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Please check with the theatre for information on the recommended age groups for this performance Genre - Classic Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
Isango Ensemble: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
On from 12 May 2012 to 03 Jun 2012
Hackney Empire
by Isango Ensemble:

A brand new musical adaptation by Stephen Lowe of one of the most popular and influential socialist novels of the 20th century.

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Genre - Musical
Live @ the Empire
On from 08 Jun 2012 to 08 Jun 2012
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire Theatre

A TRANSATLANTIC TALENT COMPETITION TAKES TO THE EMPIRE STAGE THIS SUMMER WITH ARTISTS FROM UK & USA.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing Genre - Stand Up
My Big Fat Jamaican Funeral
On from 09 Jun 2012 to 10 Jun 2012
Hackney Empire
by Lavern Archer

Being the only boy in a family of 32 women Sejus Jackson was born to be special.

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Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
100% London
On from 29 Jun 2012 to 01 Jul 2012
Hackney Empire
by LIFT

100% London is a living, breathing portrait of the city that tells the truth of modern London life in a way graphs or pie-charts never can.

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Genre - Musical
The Tallest Man on Earth
On from 03 Jul 2012 to 03 Jul 2012
Hackney Empire
by Bird on the Wire Events

New album June 12; 'There's No Leaving Now' (Dead Oceans)
thetallestmanonearth.com

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Genre - Musical
Hackney vs. Harlem
On from 14 Jul 2012 to 14 Jul 2012
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire Theatre

The Grand Finale.

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Genre - Classic Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show... Live!
On from 19 Jul 2012 to 19 Jul 2012
Hackney Empire
by DIRK MAGGS

The Original Cast – Reunited Live On Stage

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - New Writing Genre - Stand Up
Who A Di Don
On from 21 Jul 2012 to 21 Jul 2012
Hackney Empire
by Oliver Samuels

The most hilarious Jamaican comedy to hit the theatre scene in years….

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - Stand Up
Alan Davies: Life is Pain
On from 12 Nov 2012 to 12 Nov 2012
Hackney Empire
by Alan Davies

After more than a decade since his last stand-up show and following a hugely successful tour of Australia in 2011

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Dick Whittington and his Cat
On from 01 Dec 2012 to 06 Jan 2013
Hackney Empire
by Susie Mckenna

'Is Hackney Empire's panto the best in town? Oh yes it is...'
Evening Standard, 2010

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Genre - Comedy
Bill Bellamy - Ladies' Night Out
On from 28 Jun 2014 to 28 Jun 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

From the man who coined the phrase Booty Call, Bill's uncut brand of comedy rivals the best of the best: hilarious edgy, uncensored and always unapologetic.

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Genre - Musical
Pink Singers
On from 19 Jul 2014 to 19 Jul 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Join the Pink Singers, the capital’s biggest LGBT choir, for a splendid choral performance celebrating the best of British, including music from Edward Elgar, Annie Lennox, Elton John, John Tavener, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Benjamin Britten, Pulp and more.

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Genre - New Writing
Above Romance
On from 02 Aug 2014 to 02 Aug 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Above Romance is a play written by Hackney's own comedian, Kojo, about a woman who has given up on love and believes Valentines Day is just a media hype until she finds herself being the last single person in her circle.

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Genre - Comedy
Crack Ya Ribs
On from 24 Aug 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

This year’s 9th annual Crack Ya Ribs comedy extravaganza is headlined by Nigeria’s top funny man Julius Agwu along with the finest African comedians Akpororo and FunnyFace, US sensation Michael Blackson and UK support acts to be announced soon

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Genre - Musical Genre - Kids Theatre
Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School Variety
On from 13 Sep 2014 to 13 Sep 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

The award winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School for 4-18 year olds present their Musical Theatre Variety Performance; highlighting the stars of tomorrow as well as the stars of today. Many of the students are appearing regularly on TV, Film, Radio and in West End shows.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama
Rudy's Rare Records
On from 24 Sep 2014 to 05 Oct 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Starring Lenny Henry, and based on the BBC Radio 4 series, this touching, toe-tapping comedy is set in an old reggae record shop in Birmingham, which is owned by the irrepressible Rudy Sharpe with the assistance of his long-suffering son Adam.

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English Touring Opera - Life on the Moon
On from 17 Oct 2014 to 17 Oct 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Cal McCrystal, the comedy director behind the National Theatre’s smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors, directs this witty new production of Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna), one of the most popular of Haydn’s many operas.

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Genre - Drama Genre - Musical
English Touring Opera - Ottone
On from 18 Oct 2014 to 18 Oct 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Handel’s comedies Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina have all been successes for ETO in recent years. Now the company presents one of the composer’s most successful serious operas, Ottone.

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Genre - Musical
Undream'd Shores
On from 01 Nov 2014 to 01 Nov 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Grand Union Orchestra’s 25 well-known musicians and singers are joined by 120 performers from across the whole spectrum of East London's cultural communities.

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Genre - Comedy
Dolly House
On from 08 Nov 2014 to 08 Nov 2014
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

What does Oliver Samuels, Jamaica's King of Comedy, do when it is time to celebrate his 65th year on this earth? He assembles a fantastic cast and creates another blockbuster – Dolly House. A new hit comedy from the living legend behind Who a Di Don? and Embassy Saga.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Drama Genre - Kids Theatre
Mother Goose
On from 22 Nov 2014 to 04 Jan 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Packed with the usual sparkle, spectacle, mayhem, comedy and incredible original music performed by a live band, Hackney Empire’s must-see pantomime is officially open for bookings!

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Cirque Berserk
On from 16 Jan 2015 to 17 Jan 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Combining cirque style skills and artistry with all the thrills, spills and laughs of the traditional big top, Cirque Berserk is a fun-filled spectacle that will delight audiences of all ages.

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Genre - Comedy
Slim
On from 07 Feb 2015 to 07 Feb 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Slim is back!

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Genre - Comedy
David O'Doherty Has Checked Everything
On from 14 Feb 2015 to 14 Feb 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

he forgotten Sugababe, the bad boy of Zumba, David O'Doherty presents a new show of talking and songs.

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Genre - Musical Genre - Classic
Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music
On from 18 Feb 2015 to 18 Feb 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

The smash-hit sing-a-long screening of the iconic musical comes to Hackney in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary.

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Genre - Comedy
Alan Davies
On from 27 Feb 2015 to 27 Feb 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

After a hugely successful year of sell-out dates in 2014 with his brand new show Little Victories, Alan Davies is pleased to announce a season of extra dates for Spring 2015.

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ETO - The Siege of Calais
On from 07 Mar 2015 to 07 Mar 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

ETO gave the professional UK premiere of Donizetti's The Siege of Calais at Hackney Empire in 2013 – and audiences enjoyed it so much that we're bringing it back.

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ETO - The Wild Man of the West Indies
On from 12 Mar 2015 to 12 Mar 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

A love story of Shakespearean depth, Donizetti's The Wild Man of the West Indies is about a man driven mad when he witnesses his wife's infidelity.

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ETO - La Bohème
On from 13 Mar 2015 to 14 Mar 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Puccini's La Bohème is a tale of young love in a Paris garret.

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Genre - Comedy Genre - Stand Up
Touch of Class Mother's Day Special
On from 15 Mar 2015 to 15 Mar 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

On this night we celebrate the mothers of the planet, our sisters, grandmothers, aunts and daughters.

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Genre - Stand Up Genre - Comedy
NHS in Stitches
On from 28 Mar 2015 to 28 Mar 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

An audacious night of comedy for an incredible and much-loved cause.

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Genre - Kids Theatre
Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom
On from 01 Apr 2015 to 02 Apr 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage!

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Genre - Musical Genre - Classic
Godspell
On from 04 Apr 2015 to 05 Apr 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

Godspell, the legendary rock musical from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked, is back!

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Genre - Musical
Sing Out!
On from 09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015
Hackney Empire
by Hackney Empire

After a hugely successful first festival Sing Out! will return with a whole new line up of choirs.

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