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23 January 2013

Hackney Empire wins £340k refurbishment funding

GRADE II listed theatre Hackney Empire has won £340,000 worth of funding for building repairs and maintenance.

The 112-year-old theatre has suffered several leaks in recent years despite a restoration project in 2004. It secured the six-figure grant from the Art Council’s Capital programme, which helps organisations become more sustainable and resilient by improving their buildings and equipment.

The funds will be used to refurbish the damp problems as well as making Hackney Empire even more accessible to wheelchair users and other disabled patrons.

Chief executive Clarie Middleton said: “We take our role as custodians of this magnificent grade II building very seriously and this grant will enable us to address a great many of the issues that have beset the building over the last number of years.

“We would like to thank the Arts Council and the other funders (the Theatres Trust, Berkeley Homes and Hackney Council) who have contributed to this project and look forward to starting the work as soon as we can.”

Hackney Empire was originally designed as a music hall by Frank Matcham in 1901. Over the last century it has been a television studio and bingo hall, staged revered plays, operas and community shows, held music concerts by acts such as Artic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine and Mark Ronson and continues to be a key venue for comedy headliners.

Hackney Empire plans to use the money to repair leaks and improve disability access

Hackney Empire plans to use the money to repair leaks and improve disability access

Hackney Empire plans to use the money to repair leaks and improve disability access

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