BWW TV: Susie McKenna Discusses Hackney Empire's CINDERELLABWW TV: Susie McKenna Discusses Hackney Empire's CINDERELLA
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 1, 2017

Hackney Empire's 2017 Christmas pantomime Cinderella runs at the East London venue until 31 December. Writer and director Susie McKenna gives us a sneak peek at its creation - watch the video below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look of CINDERELLA at Hackney EmpirePhoto Flash: First Look of CINDERELLA at Hackney Empire
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2017

Hackney Empire today releases production images of its highly anticipated 2017 Christmas pantomime Cinderella which runs at the East London venue until Sunday 31 December with press night this evening. Check out the images below! (more...)

BWW Review: CINDERELLA, Hackney EmpireBWW Review: CINDERELLA, Hackney Empire
by Nicole Ackman - Nov 24, 2017

Hackney Empire can be counted on to deliver a hilarious and naughty panto every year, but Cinderella also has heart. This fun and fantastical production caters to both children and adults with its contemporary humour, talented cast, and impressive staging. Hackney's diverse reimagining of the classic fairy tale is one not to miss this festive season. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Hackney Empire's 2017 Panto CINDERELLA, Starring Aisha JawandoPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Hackney Empire's 2017 Panto CINDERELLA, Starring Aisha Jawando
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2017

Hackney Empire today announces casting for its highly anticipated 2017 Christmas pantomime, Cinderella, having last been staged at the venue in 2011. Established West End performer Aisha Jawando (Motown the Musical, Beautiful) will be stepping into the glass slippers of the title role. She will be joined by Hackney Empire pantomime legends Tony Whittle and Kat B as the Ugly Sisters. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in character below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Aisha Jawando and Darren Hart Talk CINDERELLA at Hackney EmpireBWW Interview: Aisha Jawando and Darren Hart Talk CINDERELLA at Hackney Empire
by Nicole Ackman - Nov 9, 2017

Aisha Jawando recently played Martha in the original London cast of Motown the Musical. This Christmas, she stars in the title role of Hackney Empire's Cinderella. Darren Hart is a Hackney regular and is also known for television and film appearances. He'll be playing Buttons in this year's Cinderella. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Hackney Empire's 2017 Panto CINDERELLA, Starring Aisha JawandoPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of Hackney Empire's 2017 Panto CINDERELLA, Starring Aisha Jawando
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Hackney Empire today announces casting for its highly anticipated 2017 Christmas pantomime, Cinderella, having last been staged at the venue in 2011. Established West End performer Aisha Jawando (Motown the Musical, Beautiful) will be stepping into the glass slippers of the title role. She will be joined by Hackney Empire pantomime legends Tony Whittle and Kat B as the Ugly Sisters. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in character below! (more...)

Aisha Jawando, Tony Whittle, Kat B, and More to Star in Hackney Empire's CINDERELLAAisha Jawando, Tony Whittle, Kat B, and More to Star in Hackney Empire's CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Hackney Empire today announces casting for its highly anticipated 2017 Christmas pantomime, Cinderella, having last been staged at the venue in 2011. (more...)

Hackney Empire Announces Full Cast for SLEEPING BEAUTY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Hackney Empire today announced the full cast of its brand new pantomime for 2016, Sleeping Beauty. The West End's leading lady Alexia Khadime (Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King) will be returning to the site of her stage debut to star as Princess Tahlia (Sleeping Beauty). She will be joined by Olivier Award-winner Sharon D Clarke who returns to Hackney Empire after her appearance in Mother Goose in 2014. They are joined by Gavin Spokes who makes his dameing debut, he joins the Hackney Empire family straight from his Olivier Award-nominated performance as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls in the West End. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rehearsal Shots of Hackney Empire's JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

Brand new rehearsal images have been released for Hackney Empire's 2015 Christmas pantomime Jack and the Beanstalkstarring the Empire's own Olivier nominated dame Clive Rowe as Dame Daisy Trott, Olivier Award-nominee Debbie Kurup asJack and Hackney Empire favourite Kat B as Snowman. Matthew Kelly joins the cast as the voice of Giant Blunderbore.  Check out a first look at rehearsals below! (more...)

Hackney Empire's JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Announces Full Cast, Including Debbie Kurup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

Hackney Empire has today announced the full cast of its much-anticipated 2015 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. The full cast will be joining previously announced Olivier Award-nominee Debbie Kurup as Jack, everybody's favourite dame, Olivier Award-winning Clive Rowe as Dame Daisy Trott and Kat B as Snowman. Following their 2014 pantomime which was seen by over 50,000 people Jack and the Beanstalkwill run from 21 November 2015 to 3 January 2016. (more...)

Hackney Empire Sets Full MOTHER GOOSE Cast
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Today Hackney Empire announces the full cast of its much-anticipated 2014 pantomime, the return of Mother Goose starring Clive Rowe. For the first time in six years the casting reunites some of Hackney's most-loved performers. Director Susie McKenna will this year take to the stage as evil sorceress Vanity, alongside last year's Puss in Boots Kat B, who will play Billy Goose. They join previously announced grande dame of pantomime Clive Rowe, reprising his Olivier Award-nominated title role and marking his 10th appearance in the show and Olivier Award-winning Sharon D Clarke, playing the good enchantress Charity. (more...)

Clarke And Gabrielle To Star In PUSS IN BOOTS At Hackney Empire
by Carrie Dunn - Oct 8, 2013

Today Hackney Empire announces the principal cast of its brand new pantomime, Puss in Boots. Written and directed by Susie McKenna with music by Steven Edis, the cast will include Kat B as Puss in Boots, Sharon D Clarke as Queen Talulah, Josefina Gabrielle as the witch Evilena and Stephen Matthews as Dame Nettie Knowall. In true Hackney style this rarely performed classic Perrault pantomime will be reimagined for today's audience, packed with show-stopping songs, dazzling dance routines and side-splitting comedy. (more...)

Kat B, Sharon D Clarke & More Set for PUSS IN BOOTS at Hackney Empire
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2013

Today Hackney Empire announces the principle cast of its brand new pantomime, Puss in Boots. Written and directed by Susie McKenna with music by Steven Edis, the cast will include Kat B as Puss in Boots, Sharon D Clarke as Queen Talulah, Josefina Gabrielle as the witch Evilena andStephen Matthews as Dame Nettie Knowall. In true Hackney style this rarely performed classic Perrault pantomime will be reimagined for today's audience, packed with show-stopping songs, dazzling dance routines and side-splitting comedy. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DICK WHITTINGTON, Hackney Empire, December 13th 2012
by Kaite Welsh - Dec 14, 2012

There are some winter traditions that never fail us. London will grind to a halt at the first sign of sleet, Oxford Street will turn into a festive free-for-all the week before Christmas and Hackney Empire will put on a good panto. (more...)

UK News: Theatre Royal Stratford East's Club Variety - auditions!
by West End News Desk - Mar 31, 2005

Do you live in Newham, Tower Hamlets or Hackney? Do YOU have the V Factor? (more...)