While not strictly Stokey the Hackney Empire is a local(ish) institution and their Christmas pantomimes are especially worth a visit.
Aladdin at the Hackney Empire
This year’s adventure is Aladdin and his magic lamp, transported from its usual Arabian setting to the Peking suburb of Ha-Ka-Ney. Clive Rowe (Duke from the Tracey Beaker series) stars as the Widow Twankey and is joined by an all-singing, all-dancing cast including flying genies, tap dancing pandas and a singing camel.
We don’t usually cover venues that far from the sacred Stoke Newington borders but in this case we’ll make an exception, especially because there’s such an awesome Stokey connection…
The King's Cross Social Club
My friends, Stokey locals Helen and Hugh, have recently opened a brand new bar in King’s Cross where once famous gay pub The Golden Lion used to be. Just a short walk from the old Thameslink station, past the Big Chill House, you will find a cozy boozer that might remind you of some of your Stoke Newington favourites.
N16 Fringe is just around the corner but if your idea of a good time is somewhat more cerebral why not take a trip outside the hallowed Hackney boarders ‘gasp’ and try something completely different?
Theodore Zeldin, philosopher, historian and author, has invited all and sundry to share his birthday party in a Feast of Strangers. But be warned, this is a Feast with a twist, as instead of food the menu consists of ‘Topics of Conversation’.
The TreeHouse Gallery
The Feast is open to everybody – with the understanding that they will talk to someone they don’t know. Who knows, you might even meet a special friend. But if not, you will certainly get the chance to dust off your raconteur skills and come back to the borough with fresh insight and anecdotes to amuse and delight. Continue reading