Support our Legendary Venue

As a registered charity Hackney Empire depends on the support of the people who love it.

Since 1901, Hackney Empire has been at the very heart of its community – a place where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities come together.

Generations have had their first experience of live performance in our legendary venue and each year thousands of young people discover at Hackney Empire a safe space where arts and creativity transform lives. But as we rebuild post-pandemic we need your support.

Whether you’ve laughed at our comedy nights, danced at our gigs, seen amazing opera or come each Christmas to experience the magic of our Panto then please support us.

Together we can ensure that everyone has the chance to experience the atmosphere and welcome of Hackney Empire for generations to come.

Become a Friend

Find out more about how you can remember Hackney Empire in your will.

As we celebrate reaching our 120th anniversary we are making 120 seats in the auditorium available for a special group of people, who will help us ensure Hackney Empire can provide unforgettable experiences for generations more to come.

Dedicate a Seat


For more information, or to discuss how you can help support Hackney Empire please contact Elly Rothnie, Head of Development, on 07525 123421 or at


Hackney Empire is proud to be supported by

Arts Council England

Hackney Council

The Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation

Forest School

Children in Need

Backstage Trust

The London Community Response Fund

Theatres Trust 

Clarion Futures: Old Ford Community Panel
Culture Recovery Fund
Cockayne – Grants for the Arts
The Goldsmiths Company Charity
Mayor of London – Back to Business Fund
Mayor of London – Community Spaces at Risk Fund