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Hackney Empire Sept - Nov 2015

Hackney Empire Sept - Nov 2015 Hackney Empire 291 Mare Street London E81JEJ Box Office 0208 985 2


Wed 2 September 2015

7.30pm £35 -£8 concs

BBC Friday Night is Music Night returns to Hackney Empire, just in time for this year's Rugby World Cup. Ken Bruce and Garry Richardson present a very special celebration of this great sporting competition.

Artists include Louise Dearman (Wicked, Evita, Guys & Dolls), Camilla Kerslake (Les Misérables in Concert); with Alistair McGowan, Richard Stilgoe, Will Carling, Bill Beaumont, Maggie Alphonsi, and a special contribution from England coach Stuart Lancaster. Plus the gutsy sound of London Voices choir alongside the 60 piece BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Michael England.


Mon 7 Sept & Tues 8 Sept

7.30pm 2015

Following their acclaimed tour of America in 2014, King Crimson returns to active service in 2015 for a series of performances across the UK and in Europe.


based on the Award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

Tues 15 Sept 1.30pm & 4.30pm & Wed 16 Sept 10.30am & 1.30pm 2015 Tickets £12.00

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! This musical stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks’s colourful farmyard adventure is packed with original songs, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own!

Bursting with colour and verve Daily Telegraph A terrific and witty adventure The Guardian


Thurs 24 September

Band member Piers Agget began his involvement with Hackney Empire in 2008 when he was a teenager. He worked there from 2010 and 2011 including as operator on the puppet Giant Blunderbore in 'Jack and The Beanstalk'. He also performed in the Marie Lloyd Bar at the Empire. He was in the audience to support ‘Alter Ego’ the young persons Award in January this year. Rudimental were judges at the Hackney vs Harlem youth talent show at Hackney Empire in June 2012.

Other band members are Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden, D J Locksmith. CREDIT ShortList’s 48 Hours To…with Lynx Anti-Perspirant.

Global platinum-selling four piece RUDIMENTALwill perform at Hackney Empire on Thurs 24 September prior to The Generation World Tour.

WE THE GENERATION, their new album, will be released on 2 October.

The 21 date tour will kick off in the U.S on 29 September in New York at Webster Hall and will hit home turf in the UK on 13 October and includes a London show at Alexandra Palace on 16 October.

The tour will make its way around Europe from 12 – 20 November before heading to Japan and Australia.

Rudimental have been the highlight of every festival including their headline set at Lovebox, Glastonbury where they headlined The Other Stage to critical acclaim and their very own Wild Life Festival in Brighton which sold out within hours of going on sale. Rudimental are no stranger to playing huge crowds. The guys supported their friend and label mate Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium, where they played to 85,000 people.

CREDIT ShortList’s 48 Hours To…with Lynx Anti-Perspirant.


Sat 3 Oct 8.00 pm Tickets £25 - £20

Double MOBO Award Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown is delighted to announce special guests Julian Marley, Mica Paris and Omar Lye-Fook who will perform with her at Hackney Empire on 3rd October 2015 during her ‘Reggae Love Songs’ show.

Yolanda says: “I am beyond excited to be performing alongside Julian, Mica and Omar. We’re really going to bring some reggae sunshine to the Hackney Empire.”

Brown is widely regarded as the Premier Female Saxophonist in the UK. Her Debut Album, "April Showers May Flowers" peaked at No1 on the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts.

As well as performing across the world in her own right, YolanDa has toured in support with The Temptations, Errol Brown, Courtney Pine and Diana Krall and collaborated with artists such as Mica Paris, Omar, Soweto Kinch and as part of Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Born in East London, Hackney Empire holds a special part in Brown's story, playing there regularly at the beginning of her career.


Wed 7 – Sun 11 Oct various times £20 - £10.00

Incredible Invaders The Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invade Britain. Can crazy Caratacus save the nation? Hide behind Hadrian’s Wall. See the Savage Saxons smash their way in. Find out who’s at Sutton Hoo. Will you survive the Vicious Vikings as they sail into the audience? Stop King Alfred burning his buns! It’s a thousand year journey with Incredible Invaders.

Groovy Greeks From savage Sparta to angry Athens, discover the truth about growing up in Greece. Take on the Trojans and pummel the Persians! Compete in the first ever Olympic Games and appear in the very first play. Meet your match with the Minotaur and be zapped by Zeus! Hold on tight as you gatecrash the Groovy Greeks.

Schools performances also available.


Fri 30 Oct 2015 – Mon 2 Nov 2015 Tickets £25.00 - £20.00

'The Royal Academy of Music's opera can always be looked forward to because it never disappoints… the musical performance is invariably on a high level' The Spectator

The conductor will be Jane Glover a world authority of Mozart's life and work.

This will be the opera directing debut for Janet Suzman, renowned actor and director. The choreography is by Victoria Newlyn with design by Fotini Dimou. The production will be performed in Italian with surtitles.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro was shatteringly contemporary when it was premiered in 1786. It portrayed recognisable human beings in recognisable predicaments, and engaged the audience in a completely new way. Miraculously combining comedy and tragedy, tension and pathos, swiftly developing drama and the most glorious music, Figaro has ever since remained essential to all music lovers.

2 September 2015