News Story

As we came to the end of our 120th Birthday year, we took a look back at the history of our iconic building, its transformation back into a theatre in the 1980s and the people that made that possible.

The film features current Artistic Director Yamin Choudury in discussion with RolandandClaire Muldoon and the close-knit team they built around them, as they recall how they obtained the theatre from Mecca Bingo in 1986 and the magic they experienced running Hackney Empire over the years to follow.

This is a tribute to the people that have made Hackney Empire the home it is to so many today, and includes the voices of some of the young people who’ve had their lives transformed in recent years on and off its stages.


Yamin Choudury
Hazel Durrant
Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner
Dominique Florent-Lee
Dylan Harris
Pete Morland
Claire Muldoon
Laura Muldoon
Roland Muldoon
Celine Paul
Othman Read
Frank Sweeney
Brian Wren

Filmed & Edited by Mann Bros.
Produced by Mann Bros. & Hackney Empire
Camera Operators Ben Mann, Timothy Mann, Dan Coffey
Post Production Mann Bros.
Sound Recordist Jack Cook (SoundNode)
Archivist Paul Dudman for University of East London