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Ha Ha Hackney

A British Comedy Celebration

Hackney Empire & London 2012 Festival

Hackney Empire
291 Mare Street London E 8 1 EJ Box Office 020 8985 2424

Overground to Hackney Central, Tickets £25.00 - £10.00
Buses 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 254, 276, 277

For over a century Hackney Empire has been the home of comedy and popular entertainment. 2012 will celebrate over 60 years of comedy between 1948 and 2012 Olympic Games with shows, films, and exhibitions that showcase the most exciting eras of British Comedy and the stars that have kept us laughing over those years. Directed by Susie McKenna.

The Golden Years of Variety

In association with The Grand Order of Water Rats

Celebrating the post war golden years of entertainment, reliving the days of Sunday Night at the London Palladium, the shows of the Stoll Moss Empires and the TV variety shows that have entertained us over the years, with top comics, today’s singing stars and a high kicking chorus line.

Curated by Roy Hudd, featuring Don Shearman, Barry Cryer, Rick Wakeman, Melvyn Hayes, Andy Van Buren, and Johnny Casson.

Sunday 9 September 7.30pm

Tickets £10 - £25

From the Halls Queens of TV Comedy on Thursday 16 August

In association with the BFI:

Barbara Windsor hosted an evening celebrating those wonderful women who began their careers as stars of music hall and variety theatres with a cominbation of rare footage of Marie Lloyd and Vesta Tilly, Hilda Baker, Beryl Reid, Irene Handel, and Betty Marsden. Live performance from Jean Ferguson, Josie Lawrence, Sue Kelvin and Joanna Riding.

Some Girls Can Do It Standing Up Queens of TV Comedy Thursday 23

In association with the BFI celebrated British stand up comediennes, including Marti Caine, Janet Brown and Victoria Wood with rare footage and live performances from today's top women artists and emerging talent.

Maggie Maggie Maggie *** *** ***!

The Comedy of The Thatcher Years Saturday 1 September:

Top comedians took us through the Thatcher years and had a thing or two to say about today's political scene. Hosted by Arthur Smith with a special appearance from the Iron Lady herself – Spitting Image's Steve Nallon. Music from the Reasons to Be Cheerful band playing 80s Ian Dury and the Blockheads hits.

Look Black in Laughter Sunday 2 September reunited, for the first time, live on stage, the the artists you know and love from shows: The Posse, BiBi crew, Mixed Blessings and Desmonds and Three Non Blondes, back together for a one night spectacular. Producer Sarah Moore. Directed by Paulette Randall.

Hackney Empire Gay Extravaganza on Sunday 8 July paid tribute to stars such as John Inman, Danny La Rue and Larry Grayson and was hosted by Sandi Toksvig as a highlight of World Pride Month. Performers included the London Gay Mens’ Chorus, John Partridge, Craig Hill, London Gay Big Band with Ria Jones, Susan Calman, Ceri Dupree as Danny La Rue, Bobby Crush as Liberace, Simon Fanshawe, Sharon D Clarke, and The New Poofs and a Piano.

There was footage from the BFI television and film archive.

Thursday 16 August at 7.30pm; Thursday 23 August 7.30pm; Saturday 1 September 8.00pm;
Sunday 2 September 7.30pm; Sunday 9 September 7.30pm

3 August 2012