About Hackney Empire

Originally opened in 1901 and intended for use as a music hall, the Hackney Empire has seen some of the most famous entertainers of the modern era perform on its stage. Whether it was Charlie Chaplin, WC Fields, Eddie Izzard, Dawn French or Ralph Feinnes, the theatre has been a constant source of phenomenal entertainment and a showcase for exciting new talent.


Though it may no longer sit at the cutting edge of theatre and comedy, it continues to excite audiences with a programme that combines film, comedy, pantomime and music.


Site Access

  • It is wheelchair accessible
  • All toilets are accessible
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Induction loops are used throughout




Not too bad for wheelchair users

by Edward Cunningham

Considering it's a theatre, the Hackney Empire is pretty easy to get around for wheelchair users. A great guide Limitless!


Fantastic Guide

by Juan De

Thanks for all the information. This guide and the other theatre guides have made me excited to go and see some shows.

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