We offer tours of our beautiful, Grade II* Listed theatre to groups, as part of your visit.
The largest theatre in East London, Hackney Empire has had a fascinating history, from the building's creation in 1901 to its glorious present-day restoration and refurbishment. It has had many lives, from variety theatre and TV studio to bingo hall and the home of alternative comedy. This is a unique opportunity to glimpse the secret backstage world, and hear stories from the theatre's astounding past.
Tickets for the 1-hour tour cost £7.50 per person. It is also possible to include refreshments or a meal as part of your tour. Please enquire at time of booking.
Available to groups of 10+, bookings on request, and the group organiser goes free. To request a tour please download the form to the right, or contact the box office on 020 8985 2424.
Open House Tours: FREE TOURS
Sat 21 Sep: 10.30am, 11.30am
Sun 22 Sep: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm
Built in 1901, our exuberant Grade II* listed and Frank Matcham designed theatre is one of the most perfect examples of Edwardian theatre remaining in London. The 2004 refurbishment restored the interiors, added to the fly-tower, provided back-stage areas and topped it off with the sign 'Hackney Empire' in massive terracotta 6.4m tall capital letters.
Because of the nature of our building places on these tours are extremely limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. To book a place on a tour please arrive at the Hackney Empire Box Office (it’s in the café) at least 15 minutes before the tour is due to start. Please note we are often oversubscribed so be prepared to queue and we may have to turn some people away.
As there is a performance running we regret that we will not be able to take the tour backstage and access to the stalls level of the auditorium may be restricted. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and limited to 15 people per tour. If you have any access requirements please let our box office know by emailing email@example.com or calling us 020 8985 2424.
To book tickets for events at Hackney Empire, you can book online by visiting the relevant show page or call our Box Office on 020 8985 2424.