Hackney Empire to celebrate its 120th anniversary with special events

120 years of theatre, that’s something right?

Hackney Empire will launch its birthday celebration on Tursday 9 December. A year of special shows and events to celebrate the theatre’s 120th anniversary. And of course, a giant birthday cake will be cut on stage by the venue’s Patron and Pantomime Dame Clive Rowe. Further details of the celebratory programme will be announced in the New Year so keep your eyes peeled for more information!

About the celebration Clive Rowe said :

For generations now Hackney Empire has brought people and communities together. After the challenges of the last two years, it’s wonderful to be back on its legendary stage and celebrating 120 years of Hackney Empire being at the heart of London’s cultural life.”

Along with the birthday celebrations, they are also launching a new phase of the Dedicate a Seat Campaign, which was first launched during the 2004 renovation campaign led by Griff Rhys Jones and Sir Alan Sugar. This year, 120 seats in the auditorium will be made available for people who wants to support the art or the theatre.

Yamin Choudury, said,

As a registered charity Hackney Empire depends on the support of those who love it, and we’re so excited to again be giving people the opportunity to dedicate a seat in our beautiful auditorium. Audiences can join Hackney Empire supporters from across the world of entertainment including Barbara Windsor, Sir Ian Mckellen, Alan Davies, Michael Palin, Paul Merton, Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Hackney Empire Patron Leona Lewis, Nish Kumar, Arabella Weir & Sylvester McCoyEverything we raise through the 120 Seats Campaign will help ensure that Hackney Empire remains at the heart of all its communities for generations to come.”

Venue Patron Leona Lewis also said,

“it’s incredible to think that Hackney Empire is still right at the heart of the community entertaining, and importantly inspiring people after 120 years. I couldn’t be prouder to be a Patron and supporting its work with young people in this special anniversary year. My own seat dedication is in memory of my grandma Queenie – I hope lots of people will take the opportunity to dedicate a seat to someone they love in Hackney Empire’s legendary auditorium this year.”

For more information you can visit : https://hackneyempire.co.uk/membership-support/dedicate-a-seat/

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