The recent restoration has brought this Frank Matcham designed theatre into the 21st Century with state of the art facilities. Built in 1901, it is an extraordinarily atmospheric auditorium in a beautiful Grade II* listed building.
This space is suitable for rehearsals, film and photo shoots, private events and hires, product launches and community or social events.
Step free access to all levels back stage and front of house, full technical specifications and access information available on request, use of full in- house technical equipment. Additional rooms include a stage door, green room, 9 dressing rooms, showers and W/C facilities and catering available by arrangement.
Main Theatre: Stage 214m2 (18m x 11.7m) Height (to underside of grid 20m) Proscenium: 10.3m x 8.75m Auditorium: 24m x 23m x 17m
Capacity: 1635 standing (with pit barrier) 1272 seated
A purpose built fully accessible ground floor rehearsal complex sharing the facilities and staff of the historic Hackney Empire.
This exceptional creative space is perfect for theatre, dance, musical theatre rehearsals, community events and can accommodate demanding production needs.
Empire 2 is a real asset that I will be recommending to all in my networks for events such as ours, meetings, conferences, and for celebrations.’
Anne Frank Trust & Hackney Community Engagement Board
The Olivier Awards production team enjoyed a wonderful rehearsal week at the Empire 2. The staff at Hackney Empire were all so helpful and the facilities were safe, clean and comfortable. I would recommend the space to other companies looking for a space 30 minutes from the West End.’
Katie Harper Associate General Manager Olivier Awards
A large and elegant meeting space within the main theatre, with access from the dress circle or via separate entrance.
Ideal for hospitality events, readings, rehearsals, conference break-out sessions, exhibitions, away-days and meetings.
Step free access, chairs, tables, small LX desk, PA system and W/Cs. Other equipment, fittings and catering available by arrangement.
10m x 8m, 3m height ceiling Seated capacity: 80 Standing capacity: 100