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Hackney Empire

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The Bowie Experience, great night out.

Went along to see this show at Hackney Empire, which we had never visited before. The venue is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Great comedy night

Visited a reasonably priced comedy night Seats were on second tier but had a great view of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ramsbottom, England, United Kingdom
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Hackney Empire is a special building in a special place - a unique variety theatre for the 21st century. Embracing both local and global communities of artists and audiences, it is determined to nurture and present work that is at once...more
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St., E 8 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ, England
East End / East London
+44 209852424
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Went along to see this show at Hackney Empire, which we had never visited before. The venue is amazing stuck in the middle of Mare Street. The show was a real feel good experience, with a great act singing all of David Bowies classics.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited a reasonably priced comedy night Seats were on second tier but had a great view of the stage and sound systems good. Old Victorian theatre has had a refurb at some point but has all its own Victorian charm. Trivia fact of the day...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hackney Empire is a beautiful building, lovingly restored to its former glory, which has an eclectic repertoire. We went to see Rossini's opera Elizabeth I, performed by the English Touring Opera. Seats in the stalls cost £27.50, a fraction of the cost of comparable...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JayL17
Reviewed February 2, 2019

We saw the comedy show "Live at the Empire" here in January 2019. The show itself was fine, although the sound wasn't great so I didn't hear it all. However I was particularly unimpressed with the Empire as a venue. We'd booked late and had...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sarah B
Reviewed January 30, 2019

Visited the panto here for the first time in many years. The building is stunning and has been beautifully restored to Music Hall perfection. The bar served excellent mulled wine and the snacks were pretty good too. This year's panto, Aladdin, was very professional and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2019

Nice to be in an art deco venue. Has great character. Pitty it is out of central London. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Margeritta
Reviewed January 4, 2019

Went to see the panto here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The performance was excellent although a little loud in places at the expense of clarity. The venue is excellent, being a beautifully restored music-hall. Drinks and refreshments were reasonably priced. If coming by public transport,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Djh612
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

First time watching a panto here and it was fun. Lots of current gags - Brexit, Windrush etc. Theatre is comfortable and staff helpful. Wasn't a packed house as finishes soon but the audience participation was excellent. Loved it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AmbridgeGirl
Reviewed January 3, 2019

It’s always a fabulous panto at the Empire – that’s why I drive all the way from Leicester to see it each year. This year it’s full of energy, thigh slapping and jolly japes – but IMHO could do with a few quieter moments to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Colin H
Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

Part of our Christmas Eve ritual. Great acting, sets, effects, atmosphere, view (even in Cat 3 seats) and transport links. Pricey drinks but all proceeds go to Hackney Empire (charity). Looking forward to watching A Thousand Splendid suns in May 2019.

Date of experience: December 2018
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November 4, 2018|
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Response from pjl29 | Reviewed this property |
Always a problem with boxes in theatres of this vintage. The comics traditionally call the boxes the ashtrays
December 20, 2015|
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Response from A1942VRalih | Reviewed this property |
The tesco car park is very small and you can only park there for 2 or 3 hours . It's is unlikely that it will be enough time for you as the show is around 3 hours long and you will need time to queue and find your seats etc... More