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Mamzer Bastard

Mamzer Bastard, a ninety-minute opera by the 29-year-old Israeli composer, Na’ama Zisser, is an impressive achievement. The title is a tautology on...
The Marriage of Figaro ETO Photo Jane Hobson
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The Marriage of Figaro

The Beast from the East nearly ruined the first night of ETO’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro. There were a lot of empty seats at the Hackne...
Orphée aux Enfers Hackney Empire
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Orphée aux Enfers

If I could give this production six stars I would. It is an absolute joy. It is a bit ramshackle - the scenery probably cost 1% of the budget for the ...
HMS Pinafore Hackney Empire
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HMS Pinafore

An all male HMS Pinafore. What? Why? This not-to-be missed production originated in 2014 and it is not entirely irrelevant that the hundredth anniv...
Clocks 1888: The Greener Hackney Empire
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Clocks 1888: The Greener

The clock runs the East End...n’ I run the clock. Well-known for combining stunning stage design, animation and the digital arts in theatre product...
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Jack and the Beanstalk

Pantomime Paradise! That must be the accolade for yet another triumphant Christmas production at the Hackney Empire, that grand old Music Hall built a...
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The Magic Flute

Mozart’s Magic Flute is so rich in music and in story that it can bear a hundred different interpretations. It can be a pantomime, a tragedy, a comedy...