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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.Classical and opera Saturday October 8 2016Read more
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...Classical and opera Friday October 14 2016Read more
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....Classical and opera Saturday October 15 2016Read more
The Szeged National Theatre: The Magic Flute
Hackney Empire and Armel Opera Festival Present a production of Mozart's opera performed in German with English subtitles and directed by Robert Alfoldi.Classical and opera Friday October 21 2016 - Saturday October 22 2016Read more
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.Classical and opera Sunday October 23 2016Read more
Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Gold, Ultimate, Greatest Hits Tour
Unlike most ’70s rock bands, not many comedians can play a 'greatest hits' tour. But sharp, edgy one-liner merchant Jimmy Carr has such a back-catalogue of gags he's packaging his funniest joke together for these 'best of' dates. The TV regular is one...Stand-up Tuesday November 1 2016 - Saturday November 11 2017Read more
Jonny Woo's East London Lecture
A performance-cum-lecture from Jonny Woo about how war-torn East London became the pinnacle of hipster trendiness. A drag artist, comedian and performer, Jonny Woo has been living and working in the area for 20 years, and was a key part of the Shoreditch...Fringe Friday November 4 2016Read more
Show Of Hands
The long-established and award-winning artists Steve Knightley and Phil Beer perform their folk and roots material.Folk, country and blues Wednesday November 9 2016Read more
With heaps of zany energy, lurid costumes, a chortle-worthy dame (in previous years Clive Rowe has done them proud) and budget East End prices, Hackney's panto is typically one of the best out there. This year, panto-writing dream team Susie McKenna and...Panto Saturday November 26 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017Read more
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I went to Hackney Empire for the first time two weeks ago and I was completely unimpressed with the venue, The concert I went to see was amazing, but that was mainly due to the artist and the audience, and had nothing to do with the surroundings. To put it bluntly this place needs a MAJOR face lift. We had really good seating but the chairs were filthy, and the carpet we stood on was wet and sticky with some unidentifiable grime. Yes, the walls are pretty and it has some level of old school chic about it, but since I wasn't sitting or standing on the walls this wasn't particularly helpful.
This is not somewhere I would be eager to go back to.
Seen lots of great stuff there this year including Opera, Music, Theatre and of course the brilliant Panto!
Five friends and I went to see THE NHS IN STITCHES show there recently. We were very dissapointed in the seating in the gallery, as it was just a bench with no back support and no space to stretch arthritic legs. The show and the decor was great, but as five out of six of us are dissabled we felt the seating was totally unfit for the dissabled and that the theatre should have warned people about this. My partner had a very swollen back after sitting on that bench for several hours.
A glorious Victorian gem of a theatre. You won't see a better example of a Matcham designed theatre. This should be cherished more than those in the West End. It's a shame about it's listings. There isn't enough main stream or community theatre being done here. The cut backs by the local council and by the arts council have hit it hard. However, it does give us one of the best traditional pantos each year. Please look after it. We can't lose such a great building.