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Hackney Empire

Open Now: 10:00 - 18:00
Open today: 10:00 - 18:00
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Once again the best panto in London

I look forward to seeing this show every year and it never disappoints! This is panto at its best... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
Aladdin Panto. Not to be missed!

We saw this yesterday and were not disappointed. A fun show with all the things you would expect... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Miranda M
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Hackney Empire is a special building in a special place - a unique variety theatre for the 21st century. Embracing both local and global communities of artists and audiences, it is determined to nurture and present work that is at once...more
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St., E 8 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ, England
East End / East London
+44 209852424
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I look forward to seeing this show every year and it never disappoints! This is panto at its best: glitzy, loud, camp and rowdy. The audience is as much part of the show as what happens on stage. It works for all ages: three year...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw this yesterday and were not disappointed. A fun show with all the things you would expect from a traditional panto but with a twist, which will appeal to everyone young and old. Loads of laughs and plenty of audience interaction,a real treat from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Miranda M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was a great panto. Super audience interaction and really good fun. Who cant love a cute smiling panda! Not sure how any one wouldn't see this as a family show!!! Clive Rowe is excellent as ever. Some fun contemporary references. Had a box and it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking forward to taking my 2 kids to watch Aladdin but much to my dismay we did not enjoy the experience at all, the whole show did not flow or make any sense, it was particulary difficult for my boys to understand. If...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sherpa38308585293
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Aladin shown was more like a lesbian shown inappropriate for small children. It did not make sense. I would never visit Hackney empire again. Disgusting disrectful. Also it was more like going to a school play.

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank GlobeTrotting746235
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really great time had by all at this excellent Pantomime. Clive Rowe was excellent at always as the dame. This show also featured the actress who plays Kim( the funny one ) from Eastenders ... she was really good . The lead actress who...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank A1942VRalih
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the opening performance of the 2018 panto Aladdin here. The show was great as always with fantastic acting, singing, costumes etc.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JayBansal1994
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place really seems to have kept its original features - and it's easily to imagine how things were in years gone by when it was an old music hall We had a side view, but also a perfect view of the stage - so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SteveCAFC63
Reviewed 7 November 2018

We went to the recording of a radio programme and were rewarded with a great show and a fantastic building to spend a few hours in. The building is beautiful and the decor was just amazing. The theatre is a short walk form the overland...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jane H
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Had no idea how beautiful this building is inside. The auditorium is on a par with the best West End theatres. Not being huge - I believe capacity is around 1300 - the view of the stage is great. Facilities are adequate and the bar...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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4 November 2018|
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Response from pjl29 | Reviewed this property |
Always a problem with boxes in theatres of this vintage. The comics traditionally call the boxes the ashtrays
20 December 2015|
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Response from A1942VRalih | Reviewed this property |
The tesco car park is very small and you can only park there for 2 or 3 hours . It's is unlikely that it will be enough time for you as the show is around 3 hours long and you will need time to queue and find your seats etc... More