Our vision, mission & values


We believe access changes lives, so we will build bridges for everybody to be able to experience and create art & culture.


Hackney Empire is not just a theatre; it is a home, a safe space, and a centre for sharing and storytelling of all kinds. We know that identity, privilege and background should not affect anyone’s opportunity to engage, because great stories exist everywhere and in everyone.


  • We believe that extraordinary art & culture can be created by all people, anywhere

  • We want ignored voices to be heard, isolated communities to be engaged, and overlooked ideas to be recognised

  • We will face difficult truths, confront prejudice and share experience

  • We must safeguard and nurture young people from all backgrounds, who will always have a home at Hackney Empire

  • Together we can deepen our understanding of ourselves, our society, and our environment