Hackney Empire

Hackney Empire
Hackney Empire
291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ
  • Telephone 020 8985 2424
  • Bar open Daily 7.30am-7pm (until interval on perf eves)
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  • Website www.hackneyempire.co.uk

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Built in 1901, the Hackney Empire was originally a music hall and during its colourful history has served as a TV studio and a bingo hall. It reopened as a theatre in 1986 as a permanent base for political theatre company C.A.S.T. (Cartoon Archetypical Slogan Theatre). In 2001 it was announced that the Empire had raised £15 million to fund the renovation and restoration of the theatre, which was opened by one of the primary benefactors Sir Alan Sugar in 2004. The programme includes theatre, music. comedy and children's shows.

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Danish National Chamber Orchestra

Internationally acclaimed Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer conducts the orchestra for Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Mozart's Symphony No 38 In D, Prague and Symphony No 41 In C, Jupiter.

Sun 23 Oct

£10–£30 / 020 8985 2424

English Touring Opera - La Calisto

Timothy Nelson conducts and directs Cavalli's irreverent take on the relations between gods, men and women, following the infatuation of Jove with the lovely Calisto and the unlikely attraction of virgin Diana to the handsome youth Endymion. Starring George Humphreys and Paula Sides. Sung in English with surtitles.

Fri 14 Oct

£10–£35 / 020 8985 2424

English Touring Opera - Ulysses' Homecoming

James Conway directs Benedict Nelson and Carolyn Dobbin in a production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, recounting the delicate interplay between gods and men when, long after the end of the disastrous Trojan war, Ulysses is reunited with his wife Penelope. Sung in English with surtitles.

Sat 15 Oct

English Touring Opera - Xerxes

James Conway directs Handel's setting of a Venetian text relocated to the Battle of Britain, with the Persian king recast as a glamorous prince-turned-pilot jealous of his brother's stronger sex appeal. Sung in English with surtitles.

Sat 8 Oct

£10–£35 / 020 8985 2424

Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr.


Twist Theatre stages a 21st-century production on Shakespeare's story of ambition, betrayal and corruption. Directed by Susie McKenna.

Thu 8 Sep

£12 (£10) / 020 8985 2424

Fri 9 Sep

£12 (£10) / 020 8985 2424

Sat 10 Sep

£12 (£10) / 020 8985 2424

Open House 2016

Explore inside the theatre including the edwardian auditorium and backstage areas.

Sat 17 Sep

Sun 18 Sep

The Szeged National Theatre: The Magic Flute

A production of Mozart's opera performed in German with English subtitles and directed by Robert Alfoldi.

Fri 21 Oct

£10–£35 / 020 8985 2424

Sat 22 Oct

£10–£35 / 020 8985 2424

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