Celebrating its 20th pantomime anniversary, the Hackney Empire has announced its 2018 pantomime will be a production of Aladdin, playing from the 24th November.
The announcement also means that Aladdin will also mark two decades of Susie McKenna and Steve Edis at the helm of the Hackney Empire’s annual pantomime.
With a cast of stars from the West End alongside Hackney locals, the story of Aladdin will be brought to life once again at the theatre, having previously been seen at the venue in 2009. The production will be written and directed by Susie McKenna with original music by Steve Edis, filled with big song and dance numbers as well as plenty of fun.
Talking about the news Susie McKenna said: “Aladdin has always been one of my favourite pantomimes. It is full of magic and whilst the traditional story will be there, this year our usual Hackney Empire take on things will see Aladdin make an epic journey to the frozen wastelands to save his family and the world! If someone had told me in 1998 that we would still be entertaining London in 20 years’ time I wouldn’t have believed them. But, like in a true Hackney panto, dreams do come true, and thanks to a family of amazing creatives, actors, technicians, Hackney Empire Staff and our amazing audience, we’ve become London’s number one panto, and helped rejuvenate a wonderful theatre to boot.”
The full casting and creative team has yet to be announced.
All the way in Ha-Ka-Nay on the outskirts of old Peking, young Aladdin dreams of finding love and making his fortune. When he discovers an enchanted lamp and meets a mysterious genie, it looks like all his wishes are about to come true – with the help of A Monkey Queen, tap-dancing pandas and his larger-than-life mum, can he win the hand of his Princess and save the world? Or will an evil magician, some mad-capped policemen and a very large pile of laundry stand in his way?
Aladdin will play at the Hackney Empire from the 24th November until the 6th January. For more information visit: https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/aladdin/