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Hackney Empire
291 Mare Street
E8 1EJ
020 8985 2424
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Hackney Central BR
About Hackney Empire

The rebuilt Hackney Empire gives London a new venue but the modern Hackney Empire has already had a massive impact on the capital and beyond…

In September 2004, the Hackney Empire celebrated the opening of the new annexe and the completion of an extensive, multi-million redevelopment project. The Empire's re-birth marks a new stage in its history allowing it to realise it potential as a leading, large and legendary venue for younger, aspirational Londoners with an interest in popular culture.

The Hackney Empire's programme is eclectic, always providing something modern, edgy and progressive – with everything from family shows to opera; from big name comedy acts to urban dance and from physical theatre to contemporary music; the result is a programme that brings a wide range of different people into the theatre. But don't just take our word for it…

"Eastward ho!"
-Griff Rhys Jones, Chairman of the Hackney Empire Appeal

"National Opera – abandoning the West End where her agenda of opera in English for ordinary people has been hijacked by the culturally-conscious middle classes. Here was a normal Hackney audience grasping the non-naturalistic energetic stagings in English of Magic Flute and Rigoletto"
-Tom Sutcliffe, The Guardian

“Every time I've played there, it's been an absolute joy and has reminded me of why I do what I do
-Paul Merton, Comedian

"I was born just around the corner from the Hackney Empire. It was the first theatre I ever went to. It's a wonderful theatre. When I was a child I used to go to the music hall there with my parents and see Max Miller"
-Harold Pinter, playwright, actor and patron

"The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year contest has established a reputation for unearthing the finest rookie comedians in the London cabaret circuit and catapulting them into the public eye of television and nationwide touring"
-William Cook, The Guardian

"Hackney's exuberantly mulitcultured shows so lift the spirits. It also has a performance tradition second to none – from Chaplin, Laurel and Marie Lloyd to Harry Enfield, Paul Merton and Ralph Fiennes"
-Richard Morrison, The Times


Hackney Empire
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Hackney Central BR
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