Welcoming over 70,000 people through its doors every year, Shoreditch Town Hall is an established independent cultural and community space housed in one of the grandest former civic buildings in the capital. Comprising over 48,000 square feet across 70 individual rooms, the Town Hall has undergone something of a transformation in recent years, from a beautiful but under the radar hire space, to a thriving flagship cultural and events venue for Hackney, London and beyond.

Shoreditch Town Hall is now more in use than at any other point in its recent history with a year-round programme of bold and adventurous new theatre, music, dance, comedy, talks and events, alongside a range of learning, community and engagement activities. The venue is also occupied by one of the most talked about restaurants of recent years, the Michelin starred Clove Club, in the west side of the building.

With eight main spaces from 40 to 800 capacity, the Town Hall works with 130 artists, community groups and arts organisations, programmes over 60 productions, hosts up to 700 events, and commissions up to 8 new pieces of live performance every year.

The Town Hall’s programme has recently included work with Andrew Schneider, dreamthinkspeak, Jamie Lloyd, Kneehigh, Manchester International Festival, Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari, Royal Shakespeare Company, Spymonkey and The Wardrobe Ensemble, alongside events with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Amazon, Fred Perry, Red Bull and the filming of Florence Foster Jenkins and The Lady in the Van.

Shoreditch Town Hall is a registered charity (1069617) and receives no regular or revenue funding.

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Built in 1865, Shoreditch Town Hall is a magnificent Grade II landmark building adjacent to Hoxton Square and just minutes from Liverpool Street. One of the first Town Halls in the UK to incorporate a purpose built theatre auditorium, in the Victorian era it was at the heart of the East London Music Hall scene, regularly hosting evenings of entertainment.

In the early 1900s the Victorian Vestry Hall, the Council Chamber (once thought of one of the grandest halls in London) hosted the inquest into Jack the Ripper’s final victim, Mary Kelly. In more recent history, it acted as a boxing venue during the 1960s, while the early 1990s saw it become home to the now infamous Whirl-Y-Gig club nights.

Shoreditch Town Hall Launched its first season of theatre and performance in 2012 under the current artistic director Nick Giles, including Paines Plough’s Roundabout. Since then the programme has grown markedly with artists and companies such as curious directive, Theatre Ad Infinitum, Greg Wohead, Analogue, Gandini Juggling, Hoke’s Bluff, Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari and many more using many of its nine principle spaces regularly for both artist development and a cutting edge programme of theatre and performance. The Town Hall’s basement was also the venue for the first incarnation of Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales in 2014.

Nurturing artists and supporting the creation of new work is a core part of their work, investing time and resources, and vitally spaces within the building to be used for rehearsals and development.

The Town Hall is an independent charitable Trust, and as such does not, nor ever has received revenue funding from our local authority or other funding body.

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  • July 14, 2024 6:28 pm local time

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Old Street or Shoreditch High Street

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