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Following official government advice theatres are currently closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus. For more information on cancelled performances click here.
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Hackney Empire

Closed until further notice

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Access

Toilets:

Mens and Womens throughout. Disables toilets on Circle level, Foyer level and Stalls level

Guide Dogs Policy:

Dogs may be taken to aisle seats or looked after by a member of the front of house staff.

Wheelchairs:

Hackney Empire has a lift to all levels of the theatre auditorium. 6 x Wheelchair spaces at the rear of the stalls

Access from Street to Foyer:

Ramp

Level Access:

Stalls

Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available:

Lift to Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery

Contact

Contact the venue:

020 8985 2424

Your Visit

Security Information:

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Bar:

The Empire Bar serves a great selection of wines, spirits and aperitif cocktails, as well as a selection of beers on tap.

Air Conditioned:

Yes

History

The Hackney Empire is a theatre on Mare Street, in Hackney, that was built in 1901 as a music hall. Located near Hackney Central train station, the venue has one of the most highly decorated interiors in an off-West End theatre, which frames the stage, and is indicative of its past as a music hall venue.

Hackney Empire is a Grade II listed building. The venue was designed by Frank Matcham. Many of entertainment’s greats have passed through the venue in E8: Charlie Chaplin, WC Fields, Stanley Holloway, Stan Laurel, and Marie Lloyd have all performed there.

The theatre was threatened with demolition in the mid-1980s and in 1986, actor-manager Roland Muldoon mounted a campaign to acquire the freehold and to re-open the Hackney Empire as a permanent performance space, allowing the theatre to return to theatrical use for its 85th anniversary.

The Hackney Empire played host to the Almeida’s production of Hamlet in 1995 starring Ralph Fiennes as Hamlet and Francesca Annis as Gertrude.

In 2001, the Empire closed for a £17 million refurbishment project designed by Tim Ronalds Architects with Carr and Angier acting as theatre consultants. It was reopened in 2004. Because of its refurbishment, the theatre is now able to seat 1,275 audience members.

Those looking to make a trip down to the Hackney Empire should keep in mind that there are no tube stops in the area. The venue is best reached by bus or TFL’s Overground line.

 

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.