Hire - overview

The recent restoration has brought this Frank Matcham designed theatre into the 21st Century with state of the art facilities. Built in 1901, it is an extraordinarily atmospheric theatre. A Grade II* listed building, the Hackney Empire has spent the last 100 years presenting the arts in all incarnations, from Charlie Chaplin, the BBC and Gilbert & Sullivan to Arcade Fire, Russell Brand and Hercule Poirot not to mention London’s No.1 pantomime.

Hugely versatile, the gilded, lofty and gorgeously atmospheric main space can take up to 1635 standing for a live music gig with stunning acoustics. There’s also a smaller, recently completed, fully featured rehearsal and event space holding up to 120 on site.

‘The most beautiful theatre in London.’

Cafés and break out spaces exist onsite and nearby including a versatile large boardroom or meeting space within the building. Logistically, the Hackney Empire boasts great transport links into the West End and out of London.

An ideal location for filming, photoshoots and events – it is often available for 12 hour calls, over consecutive days with overnight availability – something unheard of for other venues of this size and scale.

‘West End production quality in a West End standard theatre with West End standard performances - all at East End prices’
Broadway World

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Arcade Fire at the Empire

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