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London Borough of Hackney Council

Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, London E8 1DY
Phone: 0208 3563000
Web Site: www.hackney.gov.uk

The London Borough of Hackney is a London borough located in East London and north of the City of London. The borough has a rich history; the Roman road, Ermine Street, forms the western edge of the borough.

Hackney’s history is also strongly associated with theatre. The Theatre (built in 1576) and the Curtain (1578) were both located in Shoreditch. The Theatre staged the first performances of some of William Shakespeare’s plays, including Romeo and Juliet. St. Leonard’s (or Shoreditch Church) was once known as the actors’ church; those buried there include Richard Burbage, a contemporary of Shakespeare. The church is referred to in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons (“When I am rich, says the bells of Shoreditch.”) Without question the most famous theatre in the borough is the Hackney Empire, which opened in 1901. This brought variety theatre to a part of London where entertainers like Harry Champion and Larry Adler could always be assured of large and appreciative audiences. The Empire’s hall of fame also includes entertainers such as Charlie Chaplin, Marie Lloyd, Stan Laurel and George Formby.

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