Hackney Empire - Hackney
The Hackney Empire is a theatre on Mare Street, in the London Borough of Hackney. Hackney Empire is a grade II* listed building. The theatre was built as a music hall in 1901, designed by the architect Frank Matcham. Charlie Chaplin, WC Fields, Stan Laurel and Marie Lloyd all performed there, when the Hackney Empire was a music hall. ATV bought the theatre to use as studios in the 1950s, and shows such as Take Your Pick and Oh, Boy! were broadcast live from the venue. Some scenes from Emergency - Ward 10 were also filmed there. From 1963 to 1984 the theatre was used by the Mecca Organisation as a bingo hall.
Arcola Theatre Hackney - Hackney
The Arcola Theatre is one of the most respected arts venues in the UK and has been blazing a trail in artistic and management excellence since its foundation in 2000. Housed in a stunning converted factory in Hackney. Arcola holds the unique position of being supported by established theatre literati as well as young, upwardly mobile innovators. London’s largest theatre studio, Arcola has become well known for the variety of its programming– from new writing to classic drama, music and comedy.