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

NEWS: Hackney Empire Announces Full Cast for Sleeping Beauty

The Hackney Empire has confirmed its full cast for its brand new pantomime Sleeping Beauty, running from the 26th November until the 8th January 2017.  The theatre has confirmed the full cast for its 2016 pantomime, Sleeping Beauty running at the theatre from the 26th November until the 8th January 2017. West End leading lady Alexia… Read More

REVIEW: H.M.S Pinafore, Hackney Empire

This lighthearted and entertaining version of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s work delighted audiences from beginning to end. This wonderfully sharp and entertaining all-male production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore has plenty energy and humour to keep the audience entertained throughout – even if it goes occasionally over the top. The opera takes place… Read More

Cast and Creative Announced for World Premiere of Soul

This Summer, the Royal & Derngate in Northampton and Hackney Empire will co-produce the world premiere production of Roy Williams’ play about the soul legend Marvin Gaye.  Directed by James Dacre and designed by Jon Bausor, the production will head to the Royal & Derngate Theatre from the 20th May until the 11th June, before… Read More

PREVIEW: H.M.S. Pinafore, UK Tour

Regan De Wynter Williams’ all male production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore is getting ready for a UK tour.  Running from April to July, including dates at the Cambridge Arts Theatre (20th-23rd April) and Hackney Empire (27th April-1st May), this extensive tour will allow many more audiences the opportunity to see the show live.… Read More