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22 to 30 Oct 2021

Hackney Empire

The world-premiere of the highly anticipated new musical Vanara. At Hackney Empire for a strictly limited season.
Vanara at the Hackney Empire

Image courtesy Hackney Empire

Show details


On another earth, in another time, where nature is revered and life is full of dangers, two tribes are locked in an age-old battle.

One has the secret of fire, the other wants it.

One young woman must decide: protect the life she knows or burn it down.

Background information, advisory warnings

Age suitability: 10+

Vanara reunites the acclaimed international creative team, with a soaring original score by Gianluca Cucchiara, lyrics by Andrew James Whelan, and book by Michael Conley.

Produced by Giovanna Romagnoli, the team also includes Eleesha Drennan (Director and Choreographer) and Adam Lenson (Director and Dramaturg).

With a prevailing message of hope and call for unity, Vanara resonates with the chaos of today's society and an earth ravaged by natural disasters.

This musical phenomenon has gained cult status among fans throughout its development process.

Blending theatre, contemporary dance, and technical innovation, Vanara crafts a new language for musical theatre.

It is an excitingly modern musical like nothing before.

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Postal address:
291 Mare Street
London E8 1EJ

Box office tel: 020 8985 2424

Box office email: Send Mail

Location map for Hackney Empire


Previews from:Friday 22 October 2021

Closes:Saturday 30 October 2021

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Wednesday - 2-30pm

Saturday - 2-30pm

Running time: To be confirmed


£11 to £43.50 (plus booking fees)

Ages 16-25 offer: there are a limited amount of £11 tickets available for every performance.

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Author: Michael Conley (book)
Composer: Gianluca Cucchiara
Lyricist: Andrew James Whelan
Director: Eleesha Drennan; Adam Lenson
Choreography: Eleesha Drennan
Dramaturg: Adam Lenson
Production: Giovanna Romagnoli


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