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- Website www.hackneyempire.co.uk
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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The staff and alumni of Allen & Overy plus guests from Christ Church Primary School and JP Morgan perform Cole Porter's musical in aid of War Child.
Book Launch Of 'My Sister's Pain' A Novel By Emeka Egbuonu
A night filled with talented female performers and guest speakers.
Fri 10 Feb
£10 / 020 8985 2424
The American indie-folk artist from Houston, Texas takes to the stage to promote his seventh studio album What Will We Be, stopping off in the UK after visiting the Unites States, France and Spain amongst other countries. Banhart co-produced the album with Paul Butler from the indie-rock group, A Band Of Bees. As well as…
English Touring Opera: Patience
Gilbert and Sullivan's light comic opera pokes fun at the aesthetic craze of the late 1800s and the eccentric affectations of figures like Oscar Wilde and his admirers.
English Touring Opera: Tosca
The company performs Puccini's impassioned opera about an escaped political prisoner, Cesare Angelotti, who hopes to evade the clutches of the chief of police, Baron Scarpia, with the help of his painter friend Cavaradossi.
The Great British Knees Up
Susie McKenna directs a 21st century variety show to raise money for the Stoll Foundation and Hackney Empire featuring Lenny Henry and Barbara Windsor as they get inducted into the Walk of Fame.
Sun 19 Feb
Times to be confirmed / £20–£75 / 020 8985 2424
Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted
Lee Nelson, the creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, is the chavvy catch-phrase monger whose Well Good Show has become a BBC3 hit. Now the South London geeza takes his banter to the live stage where it all works best. Brodkin has appeared as Nelson in a host of TV programmes including Al Murray's sketch show Al Murray's…
Royal Academy Opera: Orpheus In The Underworld
See and hear the opera stars of the future at Hackney Empire in Jacques Offenbach's famous 'opera bouffe', Orpheus in the Underworld. This irreverent satire was unleashed on Parisian audiences in 1858 to a combination of shock and delight: 'a profanation of holy and glorious antiquity', 'a coarse and grotesque parody'…
Fri 3 Feb
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Sun 5 Feb
- Directed by: Dale Rooks
- Written by: Michael Morpurgo (book)
Samuel Adamson's adaptation of the novel by Michael Morpurgo about a young girl on holiday in in Indonesia when a tsunami hits. Featuring fantastic puppets designed by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié (War Horse).
Thu 23 Mar
Fri 24 Mar
TEDxEastEnd Flagship Event
Now in its 6th year, TEDxEastEnd continues to explore the theme of 'Society Beyond Borders' at its flagship event at Hackney Empire on Saturday 25 th February 2017. TEDxEastEnd brings the concept of TED Talks - ideas worth spreading, in an inspiring, powerful format - to East London. 18 speakers and performers will take…
A powerful performance of Puccini's visceral depiction of love in the midst of a war-torn Rome. Conducted by Michael Rosewell and directed by Blanche McIntyre.