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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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Blues in the Night

From the first warbling blue note of the saxophone solo that opened the show, it was clear that something special was in store.  Right enough, the thr...
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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...