NEWS: World Premiere of New Musical Vanara Announced

The new musical is set to begin performances at the Hackney Empire this October. Following two workshop performances and a concept album, it has been confirmed that Vanara will receive its world premiere at the Hackney Empire before embarking on a UK tour in 2022. Featuring a score by Gianluca Cucchiara and lyrics by Andrew… Read More

NEWS: Hackney Empire, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Theatre Royal Stratford East Postpone 2020 Pantomime

It has been confirmed that due to the ongoing pandemic the four theatres will not be producing their annual pantomimes. Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding when theatres might be able to safely reopen Hackney Empire, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Theatre Royal Stratford East have announced the postponement of their pantomimes until… Read More

NEWS: Further Casting Announced for Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Hackney Empire

Hackney Empire’s annual pantomime returns from the 23rd November. The Hackney Empire has announced further casting for its 2019 pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat. Joining the previously announced Clive Rowe  as Sarah the Cook, the loveable Kat B as Vincent the Cat and the ever trusty Tony Whittle as Alderman Fitzwarren will be: Tarinn Callender as Dick Whittington,… Read More

NEWS: Hackney Empire Announce Dick Whittington and His Cat for 2019 Pantomime

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… Read More

Quick Fire Questions With…Julie Yammanee

The actress chatted to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about making her Hackney Empire debut in the 20th anniversary pantomime at the theatre.  Thanks so much for talking to me. What can audiences expect from the Hackney Empire’s production of Aladdin? They can expect the unexpected. Ethnic joy full of comedy and drama, dance routines, the… Read More

NEWS: Full Casting Announced for Hackney Empire’s 20th anniversary Pantomime

Full casting has been confirmed for the Hackney Empire’s 20th Anniversary pantomime Aladdin, playing at the theatre from the 24th November.  Written and directed by Susie McKenna, with musical composition by Steve Edis, Hackney Empire’s 20th anniversary pantomime is set to star  Gemma Sutton (Gypsy, The Rink) in the title role, Julie Yammanee (Spamilton, Here Lies Love) as Princess Ling Mai… Read More

NEWS: Hackney Empire Announces Aladdin as 20th Anniversary Pantomime

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… Read More

NEWS: Hackney Empire Announces Casting for 2017 pantomime Cinderella

The theatre has announced casting for its annual pantomime which will play at the Hackney Empire from the 18th November until the 31st December.    Susie McKenna and Steve Edis reunite once again to create the Hackney Empire’s 2017 pantomime that is set to star Aisha Jawando in the title role. She will be joined on… Read More

REVIEW: Mack & Mabel, London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Hackney Empire

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra made their East London debut with a spectacular and lively performance of Mack and Mabel that thrilled audiences from beginning to end.    Just when you think that the London Musical Theatre Orchestra couldn’t put anymore into their performances, they up their game once again with this wonderful performance of… Read More

NEWS: Susie McKenna to Take Up New Role at Hackney Empire

The Hackney Empire has confirmed that Creative Director Susie McKenna will take up the newly created position of Executive Creative Producer as the theatre announced that Cinderella will be the venue’s 2017 pantomime.  This news follows on from the closure of the 2016 pantomime Sleeping Beauty on the 8th January and it  was confirmed that… Read More