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  • Friday Night is Music Night presents Michael Feinstein

    29 August 2014

    Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed 'The ambassador of the great american songbook' is the leading interpreter of American standards.

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  • Ben Howard

    4 September 2014

    Ben Howard is an English BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter. His debut studio album came in 2011 titled Every Kingdom and was nominated for that year's Mercury Prize.

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  • Oliva Tweest

    6 Sep 2014 - 7 Sep 2014

    Following a sell-out show in the West End last year, the world's first Afrobeats musical is back for a limited time and officially open for bookings.

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  • Embrace China - A Cultural Performance

    12 September 2014

    The Embrace China performing art troupe are visiting London for the first time, bringing with them a reputation for exhilarating and colourful displays of Chinese culture. The cast of 19 domestically renowned Chinese artists will perform in a variety of disciplines, from Peking opera to magic, folk music to acrobatics. 

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  • Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School Variety Performance

    13 September 2014

    The award winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School for 4-18 year olds present their Musical Theatre 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.

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  • Strictly Come Laughing

    14 September 2014

    A side splitting night of laughter featuring an all-star line up of 11 comedians, including Stephen K Amos and Richard Blackwood, in aid of raising money for the Ghanaian town of Kwahu-Tafo.

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  • Vocalize

    17 Sep 2014 - 22 Oct 2014

    We are on the lookout for young people who love to perform, come and push your vocal expression and lyrical flow to the next level with the Hackney Empire!

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  • New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase

    17 Sep 2014 - 18 Sep 2014

    "John Ross is a choreographer with something to say… and he says it with devilish humour, style and emotional punch." Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director, New Adventures. 

    The New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA) has established itself as one of the sectors most hotly sought after platforms for new choreographic talent.

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  • Open House 2014

    20 Sep 2014 - 21 Sep 2014

    We're taking part in Open House London 2014, the capital's largest architectural festival. Our exuberant Grade II* listed auditorium is one of the best examples of Edwardian variety theatre remaining in London, come and take a look this September as hundreds of great buildings open up their doors to all. 

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  • Change?

    20 September 2014

    In it's 10th year, The Robert Levy Foundation presents CHANGE? This year's event is not only a pause for reflection on the past 10 years and the positive changes that have been made in our community, but also for us to look forward at any possible changes we could make to enhance the lives of our young people and our community.

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  • Rudy's Rare Records

    24 Sep 2014 - 5 Oct 2014

    Starring Lenny Henry, and based on the BBC Radio 4 series, this touching comedy with real rhythm is set in an old reggae record shop in Birmingham, which is owned by the irrepressible Rudy Sharpe with the assistance of his long-suffering son Adam. The show features a live onstage band playing hits from the likes of Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Sam Cooke, Sugarhill Gang and more!

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  • BBC Radio Comedy Workshop

    28 Sep 2014 - 18 Oct 2014

    As part of this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award, BBC Radio Comedy will be running comedy writing information sessions for beginners to give them a taste of what Radio Comedy producers are looking for and to see what it takes to be a successful comedy writer.

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  • Hackney Empire Community Choir

    3 Oct 2014 - 5 Dec 2014

    Following July's successful Sing Out! Choir Festival, Hackney Empire's Community Choir returns with a ten week Autumn Term. The Hackney Empire Community Choir is well known for its infectious energy and joyous sound. Hackney Empire Community Choir was launched in 2010 by Olivier award winning, former BBC Last Choir Standing judge Sharon D Clarke in partnership with former East London Gospel Choir music/choir director Joseph Roberts.

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  • Vinyl Record Market

    4 October 2014

    To celebrate the final weekend of Rudy’s Rare Records, we will be holding an all-day Vinyl Record Market. Bring along your old records to sell or exchange or just come and chat all that is the 33’

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  • In Conversation with Newton Dunbar of The Four Aces club

    4 October 2014

    To celebrate the final weekend of Rudy’s Rare Records, we're taking a trip down memory lane with Newton Dunbar, the founding mananger of The Four Aces club. The Four Aces, one of London’s most famous Reggae venues, opened in Hackney in 1966. By the 1970s, the club had become a hub for West Indians, attracting people from across the UK. In its heyday, the club saw live performances from Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and Ben E. King, and was visited by Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. 

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  • Fling Foot! The Four Aces Revisited

    4 October 2014

    For one night only, and to celebrate the final weekend of Rudy’s Rare Records, Hackney Empire will morph into the late and great Four Aces reggae club. Featuring legendary DJ Newton Dunbar (founding manager of the Four Aces), and Tighten Up Crew selector Mistah Brown and MC Champian.

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  • Tea Dance with Mr Wonderful

    5 October 2014

    Come and join the Hackney Empire elders as they slip on their dancing shoes for an afternoon of quicksteps, foxtrots and plenty more. Whether you’re a certified waltzer or two-left-footed novice, we welcome you to come along and dance the day away!

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  • FKA Twigs

    8 October 2014

    Over the last year, London-based artist FKA twigs has produced a series of strikingly original pieces of music, each of which featured an equally striking visual accompaniment.

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  • English Touring Opera - Life on the Moon

    17 October 2014

    Cal McCrystal, the comedy director behind the National Theatre’s smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors, directs this witty new production of Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna), one of the most popular of Haydn’s many operas.

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  • English Touring Opera - Ottone

    18 October 2014

    Returning to the area of repertoire for which the Olivier Award winning ETO have found such an enthusiastic audience and critical acclaim – Handel’s Ottone is a romantic tragedy which was written for the greatest singers of the day. It dazzles with a treasure trove of brilliant arias and rich character exploration, and is regarded by many as some of the most beautiful music Handel wrote.

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  • Almost Famous

    19 October 2014

     It's been 2 years since his last double sold out comedy special Live & Kicking at Hackney Empire....but Kojo is back with a brand new 1 hour comedy special called ALMOST FAMOUS.

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  • The Antlers

    24 October 2014

    The Antlers' European tour comes to London, with support from Marika Hackman, as part of the Transgressive Records 10th Anniversary Celebrations. Look out for their much-anticipated new album Familiars due for release 16th June.

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  • Time2Shine Gospel Competition

    25 October 2014

    Time2Shine, the UK's No.1 TV Gospel Talent Competition is back bigger and better than ever for its fourth season.

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  • Baby Disco

    26 October 2014

    To celebrate the Family Arts Festival, Empire 2 (behind Hackney Empire) will be transformed into the hottest disco in Hackney. We will be dropping some of the coolest tunes to get you and your under 5s throwing shapes together.

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  • Great Big Gig

    26 October 2014

    A unique, interactive musical experience and part of the Family Arts Festival. Kids of all ages can join in with a 12 piece soul band of top musicians playing The Batman Theme, I’ve Got the Music in Me, hits from James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone and many more! This event will form part of the Family Arts Festival. 

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  • Half Term with The Hackney Colliery Band

    27 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014

    A workshop week led by musicians from the Hackney Colliery Band. Expect 5 days of cutting edge composition and exciting new arrangements of your favourite tunes.

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  • A Belter for the Shelter

    30 October 2014

    This October, The Belter 2 will be hosted by the inimitable Daniel Kitson, with a new line up featuring Stewart Lee, Nish Kumar, Sean Hughes, and more stars to be announced very soon – book early to avoid missing out, and be there on the night for a chance to win unique prizes in our raffle.

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  • Grand Union Orchestra - Undream'd Shores

    1 Nov 2014 - 2 Nov 2014

    The Grand Union Orchestra returns with its most spectacular show yet! Its 25 well-known musicians and singers are joined by 100 performers from across the whole spectrum of East London. Together they weave the story of migration past and present into a rich tapestry of music, song and vivid visual images, celebrating the creative power of migration in today's Europe.

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  • Grand Union Orchestra - Family Events

    2 November 2014

    As part of the Family Arts Festival, Grand Union Orchestra are offering a day of family events. In the morning, children can meet musicians and their instruments, or bring along their own instruments for the 'Instrument Menagerie', followed by a performance on the main stage in the afternoon. 

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  • Music Service Gala

    6 November 2014

    This performance celebrates the achievements of some of the most gifted and talented musical pupils and students in our schools and community. The performance features a diverse range of ensembles including, bands, choirs, soloists and school groups, as well as the Hackney Creative Jazz Ensemble, combined borough orchestras, dancers and drummers, and collaborations with Music Hub partners. 

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  • Dolly House

    8 November 2014

    What does Oliver Samuels, Jamaica's King of Comedy, do when it is time to celebrate his 65th year on this earth? He assembles a fantastic cast and creates another blockbuster - Dolly House. A new hit comedy from the living legend behind Who a Di Don? and Embassy Saga.

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  • Mother Goose

    22 Nov 2014 - 4 Jan 2015

    Imagine what you could do with a magical goose who lays priceless golden eggs? Discover what becomes of Mother Goose when she is given Princess Priscilla, a magic goose with a golden talent. Perhaps having everything she ever wanted isn’t all it’s CRACKED up to be! 

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  • Cirque Berserk

    16 Jan 2015 - 17 Jan 2015

    Direct from four sold-out seasons in London's Hyde Park Winter Wonderland  and its sold-out 2014 theatre tour, don't miss Britain's favourite circus. Combining contemporary "cirque" skills with thrilling stunt action Cirque Berserk is a danger-filled spectacle that will amaze audiences of all ages. 

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  • Slim

    7 February 2015

    Following the sell out success of his previous shows, Something About Slim, I Am Slim and Slim In Wonderland, the UK's funniest comedian brings you his latest one man show.  In this show Danny 'Slim' Gray will be putting the world to rights. 

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  • English Touring Opera - The Siege of Calais

    7 March 2015

    ETO gave the professional UK premiere of Donizetti's The Siege of Calais at Hackney Empire in 2013 - and audiences enjoyed it so much that we're bringing it back. The story of the citizens of Calais who offer their lives to save their city from the English army, this is stirring and exhilarating history brought to life on stage, with thrilling music.

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  • English Touring Opera - The Wild Man of the West Indies

    12 March 2015

     A love story of Shakespearean depth, Donizetti's The Wild Man of the West Indies is about a man driven mad when he witnesses his wife's infidelity. Set on a remote Caribbean island and combining comedy with powerful moments, this is a rare feast for lovers of beautiful singing.

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  • English Touring Opera - La Bohème

    13 Mar 2015 - 14 Mar 2015

    Puccini's La Bohème is a tale of young love in a Paris garret. On Christmas Eve lovers draw close, but poverty and ill-health force them apart. With some of the most memorable music in opera, ETO's new Italian-language production lifts every spirit and breaks every heart

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  • Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

    6 Jun 2015 - 7 Jun 2015

    Get ready to embark on an exciting new mission with the quirky and courageous underwater adventure heroes, The Octonauts!

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