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English National Opera: Charlie Parker's Yardbird
Presented in collaboration between Hackney Empire and ENO, the European premiere staging of Daniel Schnyder's opera with a libretto by Bridgette A Wimberly stars Lawrence Brownlee as the eponymous jazz saxophonist, who prepares to compose his final masterpiece...Classical and opera Friday June 9 2017 - Saturday June 17 2017
The celebrated hobo-turned-wyrd folk/psych-pop maverick draws from his extensive back catalogue. He'll also be playing from his new album 'Mala', his first for Nonesuch Records, which should make for a fine evening of intimate and experimental, but also...Pop Tuesday July 18 2017
English Touring Opera: Giulio Cesare - The Death Of Pompey
The company performs Handel's most celebrated opera, an epic drama set in the midst of the Ancient Roman and Egyptian civilisations. Caesar has defeated his rival Pompey, though struggles to survive the machinations of King of Egypt Ptolemy and his sister...Classical and opera Wednesday October 4 2017 - Saturday October 7 2017
English Touring Opera: Giulio Cesare - Cleopatra's Needle
The company performs the second part of Handel's most celebrated opera, an epic drama set in the midst of the Ancient Roman and Egyptian civilisations. The battle for the Kingdom of the Nile is in crisis as Pompey's family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed...Classical and opera Thursday October 5 2017 - Saturday October 7 2017
Another year, another 'Hamlet', but what sort of monster gets bored of the greatest play of all time? Simon Godwin's RSC production – which played at Stratford to great reviews in 2016 – is notable for its largely black cast, led by rising star Paapa...Shakespeare Tuesday March 6 2018 - Saturday March 31 2018
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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.