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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

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Don't Knock, Tap! Inspired by The Clark Brothers

40 young artists, dancers, musicians, singers, rappers and actors, chosen through ADP's audition process have devised a brand new show taking inspiration from the life and times of The Clark Brothers. The show will be a 21st century tribute to the golden age of blues, jazz and the civil rights movement. http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/dontknocktap Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire

What does the Hackney Empire mean to you?

Comedian Eddie Nestor told us what the Hackney Empire means to him. Not many people know that we're actually a charity, and every pound that we raise gets spent improving what we do. But with a theatre built in 1901 in can cost a lot of money to maintain the building. This is where the National Lottery stepped in with a grant to restore the theatre and build new state of the art facilities. We're now in the running for a National Lottery award that we plan to use as the start of our building reserve, a pot of money set aside for unexpected repairs. Subscribe to our channel for more videos! www.youtube.com/thehackneyempire Footage courtesy of The One Show

What music would YOU put in Lenny Henry's new sitcom?

Comedian and writer Danny Robins has teamed up with Lenny Henry to create a new live sitcom for the Hackney Empire. Set in a old reggae shop it features music from the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker and The Sugarhill Gang -- all played live by an onstage band. What music would we be crazy to miss out on? We want your recommendations! Starring Lenny Henry, Mandem on the Wall's Joivan Wade and Larrington Walker. Rudy's Rare Records is written by co-creator Danny Robins with Lenny Henry as dramaturg and fellow co-creator. http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/rudysrarerecords

Lenny Henry: "I always wanted to do a black High Fidelity"

We spoke to the comedian and actor Lenny Henry about the new stage version of the hit Radio Four sitcom Rudy's Rare Records. This touching comedy with real rhythm is set in an old reggae record shop in Birmingham, which is owned by the irrepressible Rudy Sharpe (Larrington Walker) with the assistance of his long-suffering son Adam (Lenny Henry). With Rudy's chaotic "if it ain't on the shelf, it's on the floor" style clashing with Adam's love for order, the record shop becomes a battleground for both men. When Adam's son (E4's Youngers and Mandem on the Wall star, Joivan Wade) comes back from uni, a whole new rhythm gets added to the mix! But when greedy developers spot the shop, father and son must put their differences aside and battle to keep the music alive. Featuring music by the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker and The Sugarhill Gang -- all played live by an onstage band. www.hackneyempire.co.uk/rudysrarerecords 24 Sep 2014 - 5 Oct 2014 #RudysRareRecords

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Cocktails with the Blues in the Night team

We went behind the scenes of Blues in the Night and talked to the cast over a cocktail or two... Chicago 1939. One man, three women, their lives, memories and the music that gets them through the night. 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'. Starring the Olivier Award winner Sharon D Clarke, Paulette Ivory, Clive Rowe and Gemma Sutton. 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. http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/bluesinthenight #BluesInTheNight

Blues in the Night - trailer

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 24 April - 4 May / £25 - £10 http://www.hackneyempire.co.uk/bluesinthenight

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

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

What's a night out at the Hackney Empire like? Hackney Empire is THE venue for live music, comedy, opera, musical theatre and dance in the East End of London. Come with us and see what it's all about.

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

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