Theatre In East London
With its own unique creative vibe the performing arts
on the east side of London are as dynamic and pioneering
With reputedly the highest concentration of artists
than any borough in Europe, it is no wonder that Hackney
leads the way for this area’s stage experiences.
The legendary Hackney Empire [map] is the mecca for those wanting to enjoy popular dramatic
and musical performances from Shakespeare to Andrew Lloyd
Webber, in the East End.
Since its closure last year thanks to a £15 million
modernisation, the Empire is striking back with a wide
range of pop culture entertainments from April through
For contemporary work look to Hackney’s Arcola
This year the Arcola directors have set themselves the
task of giving air to ’fresh and urgent’ voices.
So this is where you’ll find the new talent supported
by artists and directors that are passionate about their
In the past the Theatre Royal [map] Stratford East has been dubbed ‘a pioneering theatre’
by the New York Times. And with performances this year
including a ska musical, you can imagine the label still
The newest performing arts centre in east London is the Stratford Circus [map],
and has entertainment for all ages. While the Half
Moon Young People’s Theatre [map] has performances
pitched for maximum entertainment for the children in
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