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Hackney Empire

#356 of 1,596 things to do in London
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Neighbourhood: East End / East London
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Address: 291 Mare St., E8, London E.8, England
Phone Number:
+44 209852424
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

Hackney Empire is a special building in a special place - a unique variety...

Hackney Empire is a special building in a special place - a unique variety theatre for the 21st century. Embracing both local and global communities of artists and audiences, it is determined to nurture and present work that is at once extraordinary, inclusive, inspirational and transformative. Musical theatre and opera, family shows, music and comedy together with local events and an extensive and inclusive programme of workshops and courses, form the heart of the

Hackney Empire's work.

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Amazing theatre!

Went here to see Lee Nelson - very funny! The bonus is that it was in a most beautiful building - absolutely stunning historical decor. I liked the fact that the bar was at the... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here to see Lee Nelson - very funny! The bonus is that it was in a most beautiful building - absolutely stunning historical decor. I liked the fact that the bar was at the back of the theatre so you did not have to leave the auditorium to get a drink before and and at the interval; the bar... More 

Thank CheekyLondon
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We went to watch Friday night is Music Night show being recorded to be broadcast on BBC 2 in a couple of months. I have loved the Hackney Empire since I was a child living in the area. The BBC Concert Orchestra were wonderful as usual and the George Gershwin theme for the evening was very enjoyable. The staff were,... More 

Thank homesteads
Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Offenbach is rarely performed in England to any high standard, but this production has exceeded anything I have seen in the past. To start with, the Hackney Empire is a delight, and most beautifully kept. Staff are welcoming, and it is lovely to have such an excellent view of the orchestra pit, and the orchestra on this evening (Royal Academy... More 

Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

We saw Sleeping Beauty as our Christmas Pantomime in December. Its the second time we have been there and its not only the magic of going to a pantomime but the beauty of this very old magnificent building built in 1901. Steeped in history its beautifully carved panels and seating boxes in red and gold. The old bell that strikes... More 

Thank Bev K
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

This show was so much fun. If you are a fan of musical theater and are visiting around Christmas, be sure to see one. It is a British tradition. Fun for ALL ages. Goofy humor, very silly but just join in the fun and you will have a blast.

Thank 617sunlover
Ballarat, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Our adult son had recommended that, during our preChristmas visit to London, we should see a panto at the Hackney Empire, and he would join us. It proved to be great advice. The theatre is a heritage building, and the perfect setting for some "heritage" entertainment. It was a real family show - lots of adults and children - and... More 

Thank AussiesBallarat
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Advertised as London's best Panto. certainly it was very good. Great effects and performances. Only downside was that after what was essentially the end they proceeded to add on a half hour with a sing along that could have been lost and definitely improved the show. Venue itself has been nicely redone.

Thank David A
Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

i admit ive never been to see a panto (on no you have haven't, oh yes I have) until this year and stumbled over a little gem of a venue that is Hackney Empire, the venue is amazing and full of charm and original touches and would be great for any show however it surpassed itself with the Panto it... More 

Thank Craig S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing show, from the Wicked White, Sleeping Beauty, Prince, Dragon etc WOW, definitely for the children and they loved it and got involved, really good atmosphere and wonderful show to get you into the mood for Christmas. Will do this as a Christmas tradition for sure, parking facilities, slightly expensive, but all worth while to get you in the mood... More 

Thank Oopsie C
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

A mind blowing venue for a fabulous bit of seasonal fun, the Hackney Empire is another glorious example of what makes London great. Comfortable seats with good views and beautiful decoration make it a joy to be in for all the family.

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