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Hackney Empire

291 Mare Street, London, United Kingdom, E8 1EJ


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Venue Information

London Underground
Bethnal Green
National Rail
London Fields, Hackney Central
London Buses
38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, N38, N55, N236, N253, W15

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.

The Hackney Empire is a theatre on Mare Street, in Hackney, built in 1901 as a music hall.

Hackney Empire is a grade II* listed building. The theatre was built as a music hall and designed by Frank Matcham. 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 Amleida’s production of Hamlet in 1195 starring Ralph Fiennes and Francesca Annis’s.

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.

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


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.


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


Level Access


Stairs/Lift/Ramp Available

Lift to Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery

Air Conditioned


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