This new adaptation of the pantomime will run at the Hackney Empire from the 23rd November until the 5th January 2020.
The Hackney Empire has confirmed that its 2019 pantomime will be Dick Whittington and His Cat, written and directed by Susie McKenna.
Last staged at the theatre in 2012, the classic pantomime story will be set in post-war Britain when it returns to the East London theatre in November.
In Jamaica, young ‘Dickens’ Whittington is boarding the Empire Windrush, chasing the dream of a new life and seeking to make his fortune in the gold-paved streets of glorious London. Little does he know, magic awaits him and his enchanted feline friend far across the ocean… He’ll embark on the adventure of a lifetime: reuniting with his Mum, fighting rodent royalty, meeting an eccentric fairy and winning the heart of his true love – all whilst trying to find fame and fortune.
A dazzling Hackney-style reimagining of this classic rags-to-riches tale, bursting with laugh-out-loud topical gags, knockabout comedy, show-stopping song and dance numbers, the most boo-able baddies and enough festive cheer to fuel a ship half way round the world.
Talking about the news Susie McKenna said: “This is our 21st year and we are taking inspiration from the story of our 15th century hero Richard Whittington, and celebrating the courage and determination of our 20th century heroes – the Windrush Generation. The story represents a journey full of hopes and dreams, it’s a tribute to my own extended family as well as our local community. As always, our show will have all the ingredients of a traditional pantomime, sprinkled with surprises galore in true Hackney panto style.”
Dick Whittington and His Cat will play at the Hackney Empire from the 23rd November until the 5th January 2020.