Get a personalised letter from Santa

Fifty young artists combine for Legacy: a captivating new show at Hackney Empire

PUBLISHED: 13:05 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 08 August 2018

IMAGE: Fabrice Bourgelle-Pyres

IMAGE: Fabrice Bourgelle-Pyres

Fabrice Bourgelle Pyres 2015

A selection of actors, singers, dancers and musicians have joined up to produce Legacy, which will run at Hackney Empire on Friday, August 10.

IMAGE: Fabrice Bourgelle-PyresIMAGE: Fabrice Bourgelle-Pyres

British Colonialism, post-war immigration and Brexit Britain are three key themes explored on stage by Legacy, a piece of musical theatre crafted by some of Hackney Empire company’s brightest performers.

Legacy has been developed over a period of just two weeks, during which time actors, singers, dancers, writers and musicians from Hackney Empire’s company of young artists have combined their skills to tell this innovative story.

The show vows to ‘tell tales from our ancestors and stories for our future’, and it’s due to run this Friday from 7.30pm at Hackney Empire, on Mare Street.

Theatre director Susie McKenna – supported by a team of top professionals – has worked with the young artists as they prepare to bring this new story to the venue’s main stage.

IMAGE: Fabrice Bourgelle-PyresIMAGE: Fabrice Bourgelle-Pyres

The one-off perfomance is suitable for viewers of all ages (although under-14s will need to come with an adult) and tickets are on offer from £7 or £4 for concessions.

Touching on a wide-ranging spectrum of historical topics, Legacy will tell stories from 1782 when the British Empire spanned 40 countries across the globe and 1946, when immigration from the British colonies soared.

The performance will also re-visit topics that are much fresher in the mind, including Brexit and the Windrush Scandal, and how these events might impact what we leave behind for future generations.

Legacy at Hackney Empire, Friday August 10 at 7.30pm. The show is approximately two hours long. Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 for concessions, and you can find more details here.

Latest Hackney Stories

The Poplar-based club also hosted a show earlier this month which saw nine bouts contested

The England midfielder discussed his recent extra responsibility in the Spurs side and talented youngster Oliver Skipp

The O’s boss discussed Garry Hill’s return to management and backed his predecessor Daryl McMahon to find work sooner rather than later

Tips on where to stay and what to eat in Dublin courtesy of our travel writer, Sophie Ritchie.


Essex Senior League: Hoddesdon Town 3 Clapton 0


Drug dealers arrested in dawn raids at a Stoke Newington estate have been jailed for a total of 22 years.


As Americans everywhere prepare for a turkey feast with extra helpings of pumpkin pie, we’ve been out finding five of the best places for Thanksgiving this side of the Atlantic.

34 minutes ago

An old people’s home opened in Hackney Wick where one of the new residents told the Gazette: “We have never known comfort like it”.


If you are an unpaid carer in Hackney over the age of 25, who would like to get back into work, then Working for Carers can provide the practical assistance and support you need.

Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read entertainment

Show Job Lists