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Hackney Empire

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The Hackney Empire has a permanent lighting rig, comprehensive sound system, counterweight flying, scene doc, fly floor and grid. It is a beautiful space that will complement any art event held here.


  • Wifi
  • Children's Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Community Events
  • Drama
  • Music Gigs
  • Opera
  • Theatre
  • Variety Shows
  • 9 dressing rooms
  • Acoustics
  • Additional rehearsal spaces
  • FOH staff
  • Our own tech team
  • Projector screens
  • Projectors

 Food And Drink

  • External catering allowed
  • External alcohol allowed
  • Corkage Charge
  • Space for catering equipment
  • Professional Kitchen


  • Licensed until 2am
  • Licence extension available


  • 1635 Standing
  • 1272 Theatre


  • Pop-Ups
  • Promoters
  • Ticketed events
  • Amplified Events
  • Own Music/ DJ Equipment
  • Events with Alcohol


  • 11m2 (118ft2)
  • Ceiling height 9.0m (30ft)
  • Disabled Access
  • 291 Mare Street
  • London
  • Hackney
  • Hackney
  • E8 1EJ

More about  Hackney Empire

Built in 1901, it is an extraordinarily atmospheric theatre. A Grade II listed building, the Hackney Empire has spent the last 116 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 and 1272 seated.

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