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Long Crendon Comedy Club

7:30pm, Thursday 24 April

After a hilarious opening night, Roland Muldoon returns to host another of our best live comedy shows. Featuring four cracking acts from recent NATYS finals.

Ludgershall Comedy Club

7:30pm, Thursday 10 April

Roland Muldoon hosts the final top comedy show before the Autumn. Featuring: Rudy Lickwood, Steve Rawlings, Alasdair Beckett-King and Twayna Mayne

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Taking on the Empire

How we saved the Hackney Empire for popular theatre

by Roland Muldoon


From the day the almost forgotten Edwardian music hall re opened in 1986, the Hackney Empire became a legend in its time.

Not only as the home of "New Variety", but also as a ground breaking popular theatre not afraid to show outspoken polictical acts alongside dance, music, panto, opera, Caribbean Farce and Hackney Hamlet.

Russell Brand, Gina Yashere, Catherine Tate, David Baddiel and Imran Yusuf were all ‘discovered’ there. Lily Savage,
Julian Clary, Jo Brand, Paul Merton, Stomp, Men in Coats and Slava Polunin passed through and established their claim to fame on its iconic stage. Over the years a cascade of new talent got their break there before becoming national and worldwide hits, changing the face of popular entertainment. Read more