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Hackney Empire Autumn Season

August - November 2013

Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street London E81JEJ
Box Office 0208 985 2424
Overground to Hackney Central, Buses 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 254, 276, 277
www.hackneyempire.co.uk

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Sat 31 August 7.30pm Formby

Tickets £10 -£20

Salida Productions in Association with Assembly Present Formby, Performed and Written by Ewan Wardrop, Directed and Co-Devised by Ed Hughes.

'Formby' follows George Formby's rise from awkward stable boy to one of Britain's biggest stars. In a unique one-man performance Ewan Wardrop plays the role of Formby, as well as all the key characters involved in this fascinating slice of his life. 'Formby' is a funny, touching and thoughtful look at the life of an essentially ordinary man with an extraordinary talent. This sensational production features many of Formby's classic hits brilliantly recreated by Wardrop on the Ukulele, including: BLACKPOOL ROCK, LEANING ON A LAMP-POST, WHEN I'M CLEANING WINDOWS, TT RACES. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_OlEs2HVc8

Tues 3 - Sat 7 Sept Co-Opera: Madama Butterfly, The Mikado, A Grand Night For Singing

Tickets £10 - £25.00

Madama Butterfly Tues 03 Sept 7.30pm , Fri 06 Sept 7.30pm

One of the world's best loved masterpieces, Madama Butterfly is a gloriously passionate tale of misplaced love and betrayal.

This is Puccini at his best – a story of tradition, romance, yearning and sacrifice. As timeless as when it was first heard in 1904, it is sure to stir the hearts of opera aficionados and novices alike.

The Mikado Wed 04 Sept 7.30pm, Sat 07 Sept 7.30pm

With the three little maids and The Lord High Executioner, plus a host of other wonderful characters (and songs!), it is no wonder that this gloriously funny Japanese fantasy has become the world's favourite Gilbert and Sullivan opera. This wickedly funny production will charm you from the moment the curtain rises.

A Grand Night for Singing: Thurs 05 Sept 7.30pm

A very special Gala Night featuring Star Guests and children from the Hackney area, accompanied by the Co-Opera Co. Orchestra.

Sun 8 Sept Strictly Come Laughing

7.30pm, Tickets £15 - £24.50

Strictly Come Laughing 5! After four years of sell out shows Friends of Tafo bring you the comedy show of the year in support of a small impoverished Ghanaian town.

Hosted by Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee with Slim, Axel, Glenda Jaxson, Richard Blackwood, Eddie Kadi, A Dot, Kane Brown, Kat, Stephen K Amos, Jermain Jackman, a special guest appearance from Lennie Henry and more to be announced plus stars from the world of television and film this is a hilarious night not to be missed so book now and be sure of your seats.

Sat 14- Sun 15 Sept - Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy Radio Show Live!

Sat 14 8.00pm, Sun 15 5.30pm, Tickets £21 - £25

Best selling author Neil Gaiman will be the opening voice of the book on Sat 14 Sept. John Culshaw will be the Voice of The Book on Sunday 15 September.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live! Based on the novels by Douglas Adams. "It's a big thumbs up... A fun ride." Daily Mail, Patrick Marmion, ****

Sun 6 Oct Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order

7.30pm, Tickets £25

Brand new show, brand new jokes, same old Jimmy. Gagging Order promises to be an hilarious night out... let's see shall we.

Wed 9 Oct Aida

7.30pm, Tickets £10 - £32

Opera & Ballet International presents an Ellen Kent Production... Verdi - Aida, the grandest of all Operas. Directed by Ellen Kent, and starring international soloists, this brand new production brings the hot, dusty plains and dramatic grandeur of ancient Egypt to the stage in Verdi’s classic love story brimming with war, jealousy and revenge.

Thurs 10 Oct Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit

8.00pm, Tickets £17.50

After a two-year hiatus from the live circuit, Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit announce an October headline tour, which includes London’s Hackney Empire.

16+. Under 16s accompanied by adult.

Johnny Flynn’s is pleased to announced his third record ‘Country Mile’ will be released on 30th September through Transgressive Records. This new album follows two critically acclaimed and widely loved albums, 2008’s ‘A Larum’ and 2010’s ‘Been Listening’. The theme for the album is one of journeying, with the way as a teacher: a ‘Country Mile’ being an indefinite distance. Softly spoken, Johnny Flynn is a somewhat unlikely star. Yet this multi-talented enigma that fronts Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit and has appeared in many of our country's most exciting theatrical events: The Heretic and The Low Road at The Royal Court, Jerusalem, plus last summer’s Shakespeare double-bill at the Globe and in the West End, Richard III and Twelfth Night (also starring Mark Rylance), has the whole world at his feet. This new album sees a remarkable step forwards for a very special song-writer.

Sat 12 Oct Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse

8.00pm, Tickets £20.50

Hosted by Kojo & Jade from the Choice Fm Breakfast show, an evening of improv & stand up comedy plus celebrity guests.

Fri 18 – Sat 19 Oct Embassy Saga

8.00pm, Tickets £22.50 -£26.50

In commemoration of his milestone achievements in theatre and to celebrate his 65th birthday, Jamaica’s greatest comedian, Oliver Samuels, has written Embassy Saga to put a light-hearted twist to the many social stigmas attached to the feared US Embassy visit.

Thurs 24 Oct Ghost Poet

7.00pm, Tickets £19.50 (£15.00 Early Birds

Soundcrash presents Ghostpoet live at the Hackney Empire.

Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet, laughs when he remembers how Gilles Peterson “took a risk on a random maverick” back in 2010 by signing him to the Radio 1 DJ’s Brownswood imprint. Within a year, that risk paid off: Ghostpoet’s debut album, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, marked him out as one of the most distinct, uncategorisable and forward-thinking voices to emerge in British music this decade, and it was rewarded with a surprise Mercury Prize nomination in 2011. Two years on, having moved on from Brownswood to [PIAS], Ghostpoet’s creativity has blossomed even more. On his second album, Some Say I So I Say Light, he pushes even further in all directions than on Peanut Butter Blues, mixing the abstract and the concrete with uncanny skill.

Fri 25 Oct Gay Bingo 10th Anniverary

8.00pm, Tickets £15 -£20, Boxes available for £100 (seats 4 people)

Jonny Woo, Ma Butcher and John Sizzle bring the legendary cult bingo extravaganza to Hackney Empire in celebration of 10 fabulous years of cross dressing carnage. Part interactive bingo game show, part cabaret, part lip-synch. This is one big tranny happening that is a party for all.

From a small queer party in a backstreet bar in Brixton which went on to storm the TEA bar for 3 notorious years, then the ICA, Brighton, Glastonbury, The Royal Festival Hall, The Soho Theatre, Australia and more... Gay Bingo comes home to Hackney in a party that re-lives our favourite and most memorable moments with fabulous special guests, amazing prizes, jaw dropping dance routines and 69s, the likes of which East London has never seen.

Part interactive bingo game show, part cabaret, part lip-synch. This is one big tranny happening that is a party for all. Bring a cushion to catch your jaw as it drops to the floor. This is a one off celebration not to be missed, but if you're expecting us to take the game of bingo seriously, think again!

Fri 1 – Sat 2 Nov The Halloween Ball (London Gay Men’s Chorus)

Fri 1 7.30pm, Sat 2 3.30pm & 7.30pm, Tickets £10 - £30

The 160-strong London Gay Men's Chorus join forces with the London Gay Big Band in a riotous Halloween celebration - a night of entertainment like no other! Join us for a spectacularly spooky performance of songs including Thriller, Bat Out of Hell and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dress up, dress down - dress to distress! A guaranteed ghoulish night out with Europe's largest gay men's chorus and friends!

Find out more: www.lgmc.org.uk #LGMCHalloween

22 August 2013