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Aladdin at Hackney Empire – first look

Panto is back in Hackney (oh yes it is!)

Aladdin
Clive Rowe, © Steve Gregson

Hackney Empire has released production images for its 2023 pantomime Aladdin.

The much-loved tale of Aladdin follows the eponymous hero on his quest for love and fortune and who discovers an enchanted lamp and meets a mysterious genie.

Panto veteran Clive Rowe returns to the venue for a 16th appearance, directing and starring in the production as Widow Twankey.

Joining Rowe on stage are Kat B (Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Hackney Empire) as the Genie, Natasha Lewis (This England, EastEnders) as Abby-na-zaaar!, Ruth Lynch (Aladdin, Mother Goose, Hackney Empire) as Spirit of the Ring, Fred Double (Wuthering Heights, Wise Children) as Aladdin, Isabella Mason (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Norwegian Creative) as Jazz, George Heyworth (Bourgeois and Maurice) as Mildew Funk and Rishi Manuel (Brief Encounter, Stephen Joseph Theatre), making his panto debut as Wishy. The company is completed by ensemble members Zaynah Ahmed, Ben Anderson, Samuel Deghkhadirian, Christian De-Gallerie, Anna Greenwell, Charlotte Louise and Beth Sindy.

Aladdin is written by Will Brenton, based on ideas by Brenton and Rowe, and features original music and songs by Steve Edis, set and costumes by Cleo Pettitt, musical direction, supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Alex Maynard, choreography by Myles Brown, lighting by David W Kidd and sound by Yvonne Gilbert.

Aladdin will run at the Hackney Empire until 31 December, with a press performance on 30 November.

Aladdin
Natasha Lewis as Abby-na-zaaar, © Steve Gregson
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The company of Aladdin, © Steve Gregson
Aladdin
Clive Rowe © Steve Gregson
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The company of Aladdin, © Steve Gregson
Aladdin
The company of Aladdin, © Steve Gregson
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Fred Double as Aladdin, © Steve Gregson

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Closed: 31 December 2023