Fantastic. A wonderful cast and setting -- and as for the dancing pandas. We're been singing the panda song ever since. - Quaint Irene
11 Jan 10
I saw this on New Years Eve and I can’t think of a better way to end the theatrical year. Hackney Empire is one of Victorian architect Frank Matcham’s great theatres and their panto has become the annual must-see (sorry Stratford East, but they’ve definitely overtaken you) with the definitive panto dame, Clive Rowe, one of our best musical theatre actors. There are no Z list ‘celebrities’, Australian soap stars or under-rehearsed American women with big boobs. The principal boy is another musicals star, the lovely Anna Jane Casey. There’s a baddie, a cheeky chappie and two genies no less. As soon as the talking panto camel comes on serious over-excitement sets in, but it’s topped by a rideable elephant, a flying dragon and eight - yes, eight! – tap dancing pandas. Heaven! The East End audience knows how to participate properly and the ‘he’s behind you’s’ are deafening. It was a less diverse audience this year - I think the word has spread and people like me are invading from other parts of London, stealing the local’s tickets – but it was just as rowdy. The cast and audience linked hands for auld lang syne and we all left feeling that the Christmas season was complete.
- Gareth James
08 Jan 10
The best, most whole-hearted, full-throated pantomime I have ever seen. Our son (a soldier, aged 21) settled down to hate every second of it, and even he was clapping along to the community song by the end. - Simon
27 Dec 09
Pretty awful! Camp over acting for the majority of the panto with only a handful of jokes that are directed at adults. I know that panto is aimed at the youger audience but this is supposed to be "the best aladdin ever" according to friends. Well if this is supposed to be "fun for all the family" then roll on death! I hated pretty much every minute of it... apart from the interval - A normal person
27 Dec 09
Chris Rowe is incredible...an amazing voice,tap dancer.Costumes and sets were fantastic. Great live band. Excellent cast. A most enjoyable afternoon, and the best of our theatre visits this Christmas... - Tracey Duncan
23 Dec 09
Saw Alladin and it was brilliant. What a lift to everyones spirits in these gloomy times. I never laughed so much at Clive Rowe and Tameka Empsons characters. The dancers were excellent, not a foot wrong, backdrops colourful and exciting. Don't miss it!! - Carol Smedley
04 Dec 09
Run don't walk to quite simply the VERY BEST Panto in London.
Other years have been good here but this year is outstanding.
The cast a joy, the sets and costumes a blaze of colour, a great band (which theatre still delivers 6 in their Panto pit??!!) and as for the camel, dragon, elephant and dancing panda's.......wow.
Hackney Empire long long main you produce work like this.
Thankyou..... - eastenders
04 Dec 09
My husband myself and two grandchildren enjoy Aladdin very much, the afternoon one was great l loved the Panda and all the other children that danced.Well done to everyone. - Mrs Button
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