Hackney Empire, situated on Mare Street in Hackney, is one of London’s oldest theatres, with an almost mind-boggling history. Designed by iconic theatre architect Frank Matcham as a music hall in 1901, the theatre is believed to be one of the most beautiful London performance spaces by critics. It has had a tumultuous past and was close to being demolished in the 1980s. But, Roland Muldoon’s campaign to acquire the freehold saved it and now it stands as one of London’s most architecturally rich and beloved theatres for all forms of performance art, from operas to dance to stand-up comedy acts.

1268 Seats

Wheelchair Accessible





Assistive Listening System

Adapted Toilets

Guide Dogs


About Hackney Empire

Popular Productions
  • The Hackney Empire has a capacity of 1268 seated guests.
  • In the case of music performances with standing room, Hackney Empire can accommodate up to 1631 visitors.
  • The seats are spread over Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and the Gallery.

Know Before You Go

Getting There
Tips & Guidelines
Nearby Restaurants
  • Train: The closest station to Hackney Empire is Hackney Central, which is five minutes away. 
  • Bus: Hop off at the Hackney Town Hall bus stop, served by buses 30, 55, 106, 236 (24hr), 254, 276, 277 (24hr), 394, N55, N253, N277 and W15.
  • Parking: Hackney Empire is a controlled parking zone. The closest rented car park is JustPark on Mare Street. Limited disabled parking is available near the theatre.
  • Recommended Mode of Transport: The bus is the easiest mode of public transportation to reach the venue.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hackney Empire

Where is Hackney Empire located?

Hackney Empire is located on Mare Street, in Hackney, London.

How can I reach Hackney Empire?

Hackney Empire is easily accessible by train, bus, or private vehicle. The bus is the most recommended mode of transport.

What are the different types of shows and productions that are staged at the Hackney Empire?

Hackney Empire is known to put on performances including operas, comedy shows, musicals, music concerts and even talks. Some notable performances have been of Peppa Pig, Rudimental, Arcade Fire and others.

What are the seating options available at Hackney Empire?

The Hackney Empire has a capacity of 1268 seated guests, spread over Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery sections.

Is Hackney Empire accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes, the theatre has made its performances accessible to those with motor, audio, visual and other stimulatory challenges. The Hackney Empire offers various facilities and resources for disabled visitors, including wheelchair access, hearing devices, access performances and more.

How much do the Hackney Empire tickets cost?

The price of the tickets depends on the show that you choose to watch and the timing of the same at the Hackney Empire.

Where can I book my Hackney Empire tickets?

You can book your tickets to shows playing at the Hackney Empire online at London Theatre Tickets. You will get the best deals and discounts and all the information you need at your fingertips.

Are there any dining options available near Hackney Empire London?

Yes, the Hackney Empire has many dining options nearby, such as Pidgin, Old Ship and others. The venue also has in-house bars for patrons.

What are some of the things to do or attractions to explore near Hackney Empire?

A few attractions near the Hackney Empire that you can explore before you go for a show include the Hackney Museum, Museum of the Home, Hackney Church and others.

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