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Soul - a new play by Roy Williams

15 Jun 2016 - 3 Jul 2016

On April Fool’s Day 1984, hours before his 45th birthday, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father in the shared family home they called the ‘Big House.’ What happened there – and whether it was murder or suicide – has been shrouded in mystery since.


Hackney Empire Community Choir 2016

12 Feb 2016 - 8 Jul 2016

Well known for its infectious energy and joyous sound, Hackney Empire Community Choir is back for another term - and everyone is welcome! You'll learn an eclectic mix of music which embraces the cultural diversity within the choir, plus it's a great chance to meet new friends, sing your heart out and most of all, have fun.


Friday Night Is Music Night celebrates Cy Coleman

6 July 2016

BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night celebrates the life and work of the great Cy Coleman; the man who gave Sinatra 'Witchcraft'; Tony Bennett 'The Best Is Yet To Come' and Sammy Davis Jnr 'The Rhythm of Life'. Starring members from the West End cast of Sunset Boulevard, which has just completed a sold out run at the London Coliseum.


BBC Songs of Praise and Gospel Choir of the Year

9 Jul 2016 - 10 Jul 2016

Songs of Praise is delighted to be holding an exciting weekend of gospel music recordings at the Hackney Empire, London.

The deadline for applications for FREE tickets is Tuesday 5 July.


Artistic Development Programme Auditions (ADP16)

16 Jul 2016 - 17 Jul 2016

Our Artist Development programme (ADP) is a two week summer programme for young artists aged 13-19, who have an interest in the performing arts. First started in 2000, ADP has now become Hackney Empire's flagship education programme developing the Next Generation of young artists. This year's ADP will celebrate the legends of the world famous Motown record label.


Urdang Academy

23 July 2016 - 24 Jul 2016

Urdang Academy, one of the UK’s leading colleges for training in professional Dance and Musical Theatre, is proud present their Summer Show.


TWIST Theatre Company presents MACBETH at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

3 Aug 2016 - 20 Aug 2016

Hackney Empire's new Graduate Theatre Company, TWIST will be performing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe - C Venue Everyday at 4.30pm From 3 - 20 Aug .

Music. Ambition. Greed. Murder. Shakespeare meets Channel 4's smash-hit Empire! A musical adaptation of Macbeth with an R'n'B, grime and afrobeat vibe set within the British music industry. Performed and created by young Hackney artists.


Peppa Pig's Surprise

20 Aug 2016 - 21 Aug 2016

Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back with a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise. It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and George – they can’t guess what it is, can you?


National Youth Music Theatre - Brass

26 Aug 2016 - 27 Aug 2016

The National Youth Music Theatre is now celebrating its 40th anniversary,it represents the very best in work with young people in musical theatre, leading Andrew Lloyd Webber to describe it as "the best youth music theatre in the world"

National Youth Music Theatre to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Brass returns to the stage to mark the centenary of the first day of The Battle of the Somme.


TWIST Theatre Company presents MACBETH 

8 Sep 2016 - 10 Sep 2016

Following a two week performance at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Hackney Empire's new Graduate Theatre Company, TWIST, return to London to perform their first production, a 21st Century take on Macbeth – Shakespeare meets Channel 4’s Empire with music, dance and a lot of attitude. Directed by Susie McKenna. Schools performances available.


Open House 2016

17 Sep 2016 - 18 Sep 2016

We're taking part in Open House London 2016, the capital's largest architectural festival. Our exuberant, Frank Matcham designed Grade II* listed auditorium is one of the best examples of Edwardian variety theatre remaining in London. So come and take a look this September as hundreds of great buildings open up their doors to all.


Anna Fiorentini - 15th Anniversary Variety Gala

1 Oct 2016

The award winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School for 4-18 year olds present their Musical Theatre Gala Variety Performance; highlighting the stars of tomorrow as well as the stars of today. Many of the students are appearing regularly on TV, Film, Radio and in West End shows.


English Touring Opera - Handel: Xerxes

8 Oct 2016

One of ETO’s most warm-hearted and humorous productions of recent years was Xerxes, which saw Handel’s astonishing setting of a Venetian text relocated to the Battle of Britain, with the Persian king recast as a glamorous prince-turned-pilot jealous of his brother’s stronger sex appeal.

Click here for MULTI-BUY offer Book 2 or 3 operas and receive 25% off. Not in conjunction with any other offer.


English Touring Opera - Cavalli: La Calisto

14 Oct 2016

Cavalli’s La Calisto irreverently charts the relations between gods, men and women, in a score so rich and heady it must have drawn as many blushes as gasps when first heard.

Click here for MULTI-BUY offer Book 2 or 3 operas and receive 25% off. Not in conjunction with any other offer.


English Touring Opera - Monteverdi: Ulysses' Homecoming

15 Oct 2016

One of the certain masterpieces of Venice’s glory days is Monteverdi’s crowing achievement, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Ulysses’ Homecoming), recounting the delicate interplay between gods and men when, long after the end of the disastrous Trojan war, Ulysses is reunited with his wife Penelope.

Click here for MULTI-BUY offers Book 2 or 3 operas and receive 25% off not in conjunction with any other offer.


Szeged National Theatre - Mozart: The Magic Flute

21 Oct 2016 - 22 Oct 2016

Hackney Empire and the Armel Opera Festival present the Szeged National Theatre's brand new re-working of Mozart’s masterpiece, The Magic Flute - with staging from multi-award winning director Robert Alföldi, who is known for exciting and adventurous theatre work. The production won the ARTE TV Audience Award at the internationally renowned Armel Festival in 2015. 


Danish National Chamber Orchestra - Conducted by Adam Fischer

23 Oct 2016

Internationally acclaimed Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer conducts the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. Their programme includes Beethoven’s Egmont Orchestra, and Mozart’s Symphonies No. 38 & No. 41. Presented by Hackney Empire and the Armel Opera Festival to celebrate Hungarian National Day. Early Bird Offer available!


Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

1 Nov 2016
Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr's new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.


Show of Hands

9 Nov 2016

Show of Hands return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. 


Sleeping Beauty

26 Nov 2016 - 8 Jan 2017

In a brand new pantomime created by the award-winning team at Hackney Empire, Susie McKenna and Steve Edis bring this traditional fairytale bang up to date.

Welcome to enchanted Hackneytopia; a land of fairies, unicorns and dragons where once upon a time, a princess is born. Spurned at the celebration party, malevolent wicked fairy Carabosse casts an evil spell which changes the Princess’s life forever. Will Princess Aurora take charge of her own destiny? 


Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD

9 Jun 2017 - 17 Jun 2017

Hackney Empire and the English National Opera present the European Premiere of Charlie Parker's Yardbird, a jazz-infused chamber 'be-bopera' by Daniel Schnyder with libretto by award winning African American poet Bridgette A. Wimberly.

Lawrence Brownlee stars as the legendary saxophonist—a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of the world’s most sought after tenors.

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