History of Hoxton Hall

With its rich history of eclectic performance, Hoxton Hall has been an East End landmark since 1863.
Celebrating Hackney’s grassroots talent, from the very early stages in many artists’ careers, to aspiring young professionals for decades.

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Hoxton Hall is a Grade II* listed Victorian Music Hall in the heart of East London. We excel in youth arts, foster community partnerships and further creative practice, pioneering in local arts activity since 1863. We are not just a theatre, but a magnificent music and events venue, rehearsal and recording space, and the only Youth Arts centre in Hackney. We are the home and key provider for some of the most exciting artists and emerging talent in London, and beyond. We believe in the inherent value of engaging creative and youth led activity, providing young people with the support to develop. We are committed to ensuring creativity is accessible to everyone regardless of background or ability. We believe we are unique in our outlook and vision.

With its rich history of eclectic performance, Hoxton Hall celebrates Hackney’s grassroots talent, from the very early stages in many artists’ careers, to aspiring young professionals. Since 1863, we have pioneered creative engagement and community partnerships throughout Shoreditch, earning our place as the only provider and facilitator of an ongoing programme of diverse performance and youth arts activities in the local area.

We are a coveted and respected niche for venue hire, having served a wide spectrum of clients with diverse needs across the years. All from the BBC to the globally acclaimed artist Patti Smith have graced our walls, as well as the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum and show stopping English National Opera. As well as providing a performance and exhibition space, we have also acted as a film location on numerous occasions for the likes of Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman. Whether you have a desire to perform, a need for an inspiring workspace, unique location to film, or a desire to showcase a special event, we welcome you to explore and discover Hoxton Hall and the many ways in which we anchor the Shoreditch community.

Hoxton Hall is the only surviving example of a salon-style music hall. The theatre has now entered into our 150th year of serving the local community. A significant capital works project, funded through the myplace scheme was completed in 2015 when our doors were fully reopened. The initial work included upgrading our spaces and improving accessibility throughout the building.

After the first extensive renovation of the performance Hall and the surrounding spaces completed in March 2015, aided by the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and a number of other trust and foundations, we are excited to embark on our next phase of development. Re-establishing this unique mix of community and youth participation, enterprise and professional performance as the creative hub at the heart Hoxton.

Hoxton Hall is a place that nods to past as it assuredly strides to its future as a variety hall for the 21st Century. Providing a performance platform for up and coming and established artists, reinventing variety for a new generation; nurturing the creation of new works from established artists and young companies that respond to place and space, exploiting the unique viewing experience in this old building established in 1863.

Hoxton Hall captures the zeitgeist in a welcoming and accessible way through being anchored in the community. The programme seeks to blur the lines between professional and participant. Nurturing talent through developing young people’s skills in front and behind the stage in order for Hoxton Hall to grow its own arts professionals as well as performers of the future.