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Hackney Empire

Hackney Empire is a variety theatre for the 21st century and has been providing quality entertainment for over 100 years. Centrally located in thriving east London, the beautiful Frank Matcham designed grade 2 listed theatre was built in 1901 and presents a diverse programme of local, national and international music, opera, comedy, musical theatre, family shows and pantomime.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £366,391
  • 2013-2014: £374,818
  • 2014-2015: £384,563

Video feed

Blues in the Night Interview

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Blues in the Night - trailer

Blues in the Night 24 April - 4 May / £25 - £10 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/bluesinthenight A scorching compilation of 26 hot blues numbers including When a Man Loves a Woman, Wasted Life Blues, Taking a Chance on Love and Blues in the Night frame and explore three women's relationships with one man. The evening's music is sexy and raunchily forthright, infectiously good-humoured and always classically blues. With a LIVE blues band and featuring the music of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more. This unique revival has the remarkable voices of West end stars Sharon D Clarke (We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Chicago, Ghost), Paulette Ivory (Aida, FELA, The Lion King, Smokey Joe's Cafe) and Clive Rowe (Kiss Me Kate, The Lady Killers, Simply Heavenly). Call the Box Office on 020 8985 2424 or visit http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/bluesinthenight Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Blues in the Night - promo

Blues in the Night 24 April - 4 May / £25 - £10 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/bluesinthenight A scorching compilation of 26 hot blues numbers including When a Man Loves a Woman, Wasted Life Blues, Taking a Chance on Love and Blues in the Night frame and explore three women's relationships with one man. The evening's music is sexy and raunchily forthright, infectiously good-humoured and always classically blues. With a LIVE blues band and featuring the music of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more. This unique revival has the remarkable voices of West end stars Sharon D Clarke (We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Chicago, Ghost), Paulette Ivory (Aida, FELA, The Lion King, Smokey Joe's Cafe) and Clive Rowe (Kiss Me Kate, The Lady Killers, Simply Heavenly). Call the Box Office on 020 8985 2424 or visit http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/bluesinthenight Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Gary Bartz, plays the Grover Washington Jr. song book

11 April 2014 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/garybartz Musiccisum proudly presents the legendary Jazz Master Gary Bartz. Gary will be playing highlights from his recording career including the anthemic Celestial Blues and Music is my Sanctuary. Additionally the night will feature a tour of some of the most engaging, exciting and entertaining work of the father of smooth Jazz, Grover Washington Jr. Leading the vocals on this very special night is virtuoso vocalist, Cleveland Watkiss, voted best vocalist for three consecutive years, at the Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards. The Artists will be accompanied by the formidable UK's Jazz Warriors International Collective, with support the Jazz Poet, Malik & the O.G's. Gary Bartz is a Grammy award winning American alto and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist. He has played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and Jackie McLean. His group, the Ntu Troop, combined soul, funk, African music, hard bop, and avant-garde jazz. In late '70s, he released such acclaimed albums as, ANOTHER EARTH, HOME, MUSIC IS MY SANCTUARY, and LOVE AFFAIR, Jazz critic Stanley Crouch as "one of the very best who has ever picked up the instrument". He has recorded more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. He won a Grammy Award in 2005 for his playing on McCoy Tyner's album Illuminations. The late Grover Washington, Jr. Washington was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Washington made some of the genre's most memorable hits, including "Mister Magic," "Reed Seed," "Winelight,". In addition, he performed very frequently with other artists, including Bill Withers, Patti LaBelle and Phyllis Hyman, Whilst his first three albums established him as a force in jazz and soul music, it was his fourth album in 1974, Mister Magic, which started his major commercial success, culminating in the signature piece for everything he would do from then on Winelight, the highlight of the album was his collaboration with soul artist Bill Withers, "Just the Two of Us," which went platinum in 1981, and also won Grammy Awards in 1982 for Best R&B Song. Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

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Family Fun Weekend & Dame Dash 2013

A look back at our Family Fun Weekend of 2013. With a fundraising 'Dame Dash', baby disco, African drumming, musical workshops and a tea dance, this was a fun-packed weekend to remember. Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Peppa Pig's Big Splash

15 & 16 March 2014 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/peppapig Fresh from the success of Peppa Pig's Party and Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt comes Peppa's brand new show Peppa Pig's Big Splash. Come and join Peppa and her friends for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Alter Ego 2014

Kat B (MTV Base) hosts an entertainment spectacular featuring top guest artist including Misha B (X Factor) and J Spades (UK Rapper). Alter Ego sees Hackney's young singers, dancers, rappers, actors and comedians all competing for the title Alter Ego 2014. The winner of Alter Ego will receive professional industry mentoring and have exciting opportunities to perform throughout 2014! Part of Discover Young Hackney, a Hackney Council initiative. 7 February 2014 7.30pm £2 adv, £4 on the door. http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/alterego Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Cat wrapping

Until 5 Jan 2014 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/panto This year our award winning team present Puss in Boots, a brand new title to the Hackney Empire's classic pantomime repertoire. We are delighted to welcome the cast! Kat B as Puss in Boots, Sharon D Clarke as Queen Talulah the Hoo Ha, Josefina Gabrielle as evil witch Evilena, Stephen Matthews as Dame Nettie Knowall, Tony Timberlake as King Konkers the Bonkers, Matt Dempsey as Thomas, Amy Lennox as Princess Pertunia, Darren Hart as Amnesiah (and Bully Brother Bruno), Allyson Ava-Brown as Celestine the Good Sourceress, Tom Andrew Hargreaves as Prince Casper and finally Leon Sweeney as the Ogre! Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Puss in Boots - voxpops

This year our award winning team present Puss in Boots, a brand new title to the Hackney Empire's classic pantomime repertoire. 23 Nov 2013 - 5 Jan 2014 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/panto We are delighted to welcome the cast! Kat B as Puss in Boots, Sharon D Clarke as Queen Talulah the Hoo Ha, Josefina Gabrielle as evil witch Evilena, Stephen Matthews as Dame Nettie Knowall, Tony Timberlake as King Konkers the Bonkers, Matt Dempsey as Thomas, Amy Lennox as Princess Pertunia, Darren Hart as Amnesiah (and Bully Brother Bruno), Allyson Ava-Brown as Celestine the Good Sourceress, Tom Andrew Hargreaves as Prince Casper and finally Leon Sweeney as the Ogre! Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Puss in Boots at Hackney Empire

This year our award winning team present Puss in Boots, a brand new title to the Hackney Empire's classic pantomime repertoire. 23 Nov 2013 - 5 Jan 2014 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/panto We are delighted to welcome the cast! Kat B as Puss in Boots, Sharon D Clarke as Queen Talulah the Hoo Ha, Josefina Gabrielle as evil witch Evilena, Stephen Matthews as Dame Nettie Knowall, Tony Timberlake as King Konkers the Bonkers, Matt Dempsey as Thomas, Amy Lennox as Princess Pertunia, Darren Hart as Amnesiah (and Bully Brother Bruno), Allyson Ava-Brown as Celestine the Good Sourceress, Tom Andrew Hargreaves as Prince Casper and finally Leon Sweeney as the Ogre! Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

LOLPuss video competition - Hackney Empire Panto

Send us your funny videos from Youtube, Instagram or Vine for the chance to win fab prizes. Anything goes... get creative & make us LOL! Visit http://bit.ly/LOLPuss to play. Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Artist Development Programme 2013

The Artist Development Programme (ADP) is a two week summer programme for young artists aged 13-18, who have an interest in the performing arts. First started in 2000, ADP has now become Hackney Empire's flagship education programme. http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/adp Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Music Untamed

26 October 2013 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/3304/shows/music-untamed.html In recent years love and enjoyment of music has brought families together and become something that all ages can experience collectively. In a specially created programme for the Family Arts Festival Grand Union Orchestra presents Music Untamed, a full day of workshops and participatory performances for all the family. Featuring and led by its renowned world musicians the workshops and performances will be staged at London's celebrated Hackney Empire. Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Puss in Boots - photoshoot

This year our award winning team present Puss in Boots, a brand new title to the Hackney Empire's classic pantomime repertoire. 23 Nov 2013 - 5 Jan 2014 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/panto We are delighted to welcome the cast! Kat B as Puss in Boots, Sharon D Clarke as Queen Talulah the Hoo Ha, Josefina Gabrielle as evil witch Evilena, Stephen Matthews as Dame Nettie Knowall, Tony Timberlake as King Konkers the Bonkers, Matt Dempsey as Thomas, Amy Lennox as Princess Pertunia, Darren Hart as Amnesiah (and Bully Brother Bruno), Allyson Ava-Brown as Celestine the Good Sourceress, Tom Andrew Hargreaves as Prince Casper and finally Leon Sweeney as the Ogre! Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

A night out at Hackney Empire

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live!

14 & 15 September 2013 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/HHGG The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live! Based on the novels by Douglas Adams. "It's a big thumbs up... A fun ride." Daily Mail ★★★★ Following a smash hit UK Tour in 2012, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is back in this ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before - packed with laughter, really wild sound effects, a live band, HD projections, and drinks with extremely silly names. Joining Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and Hitchhiker's favourites from the legendary Radio and TV casts, will be a VIP Guest Voice Of The Book (Neil Gaiman on Saturday and Jon Culshaw on Sunday). Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Co-Opera Co

3-7 September 2013 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/cooperaco Following their acclaimed 2012 tour, Co Opera Co. opens their fabulous 2013 UK tour at Hackney Empire, with two classic operas. The young and vibrant company will enchant, enthral and entertain you with an evening of marvellous and memorable music. Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live!

14 & 15 September 2013 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/HHGG The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live! Based on the novels by Douglas Adams. "It's a big thumbs up... A fun ride." Daily Mail ★★★★ Following a smash hit UK Tour in 2012, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is back in this ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before - packed with laughter, really wild sound effects, a live band, HD projections, and drinks with extremely silly names. Joining Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and Hitchhiker's favourites from the legendary Radio and TV casts, will be a VIP Guest Voice Of The Book (Neil Gaiman on Saturday and Jon Culshaw on Sunday). Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Molly Wobbly 2013 STARS Trailer

The town of Little Happening gets an unexpected make-over when a stranger arrives on Mammary Lane in the acclaimed musical comedy by Paul Boyd that was the talk of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe! 20 Sep - 5 Oct 2013 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/mollywobbly Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Empire TV: ADP auditions 2013

See behind the scenes at the auditions for Hackney Empire's ADP project. More info at http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/empirenextgeneration Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Formby

'Formby' follows George Formby's rise from awkward stable boy to one of Britain's biggest stars. In a unique one-man performance Ewan Wardrop plays the role of Formby, as well as all the key characters involved in this fascinating slice of his life. 'Formby' is a funny, touching and thoughtful look at the life of an essentially ordinary man with an extraordinary talent. This sensational production features many of Formby's classic hits brilliantly recreated by Wardrop on the Ukulele, including: BLACKPOOL ROCK, LEANING ON A LAMP-POST, WHEN I'M CLEANING WINDOWS, TT RACES, and many more. 7.30pm, Sat 31 August 2013 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/formby Tickets £20 - £15 (Senior: £12.50) Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory

The town of Little Happening gets an unexpected make-over when a stranger arrives on Mammary Lane in the acclaimed musical comedy by Paul Boyd that was the talk of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe! 20 Sep - 5 Oct 2013 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/mollywobbly Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

Empire Next Generation

Do you perform, write, compose, dance or play an instrument? Join us to create and perform your very own show on the main stage at Hackney Empire! Chosen through an audition process, 40 participants embark on a creation and rehearsal process working with a team of top professionals to produce a show, performed on the Hackney Empire main stage. http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/adp Auditions: Sat 20 & Sun 21 July Inspiration day: Sat 3 Aug Workshop dates: 5-16 Aug Age:13--18 Cost: £50 Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

12-19s Opera workshop with English Touring Opera

A group of 12-19 year olds got together to write a new opera based on Donizetti's The Siege of Calais, with themes of revenge, love, power, death and betrayal. Working with a professional director, composer and designer, the five day workshop culminated in a performance at the end of the week. More information at http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/workshops Video by Biko Mason Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

The Carnaby Cab Flashmob

The Carnaby Cab visits Hackney and Carnaby Street! Featuring the timeless music of The Beatles, Manfred Mann, The Animals, The Searchers, The Kinks, The Who and other great bands of the era, Carnaby Street is a stunning new musical, set against the backdrop of London's West End in the Sixties, the famous clubs, trendy fashions and eccentric characters, at a time full of hope and freedom, when the world is changing and anything seems possible. Tickets: http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/carnabystreet Until 14th April 2013 Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

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