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Gemma Sutton, Julie Yammanee and Kat B join Hackney Empire's Aladdin

Further casting has been announced for the 20th anniversary pantomime

Gemma Sutton and Julie Yammanee
Gemma Sutton and Julie Yammanee
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Further casting has been announced for this year's pantomime at the Hackney Empire, with images released of the cast.

Joining Clive Rowe and Tameka Empson in the production will be Gemma Sutton (Gypsy, the upcoming Follies) as the titular Aladdin, Julie Yammanee (Spamalot, Here Lies Love) as Princess Ling Mai and Kat B (Cinderella) as the Genie.

The full cast includes Hackney panto regulars Tony Timberlake as Abanaza and Tony Whittle as Sergeant Dumplin', Natasha Lewis as Genie of the Ring, Alim Jayda as Dishi, Michael Lin as Constable Aki and Ollie Corbett, Jonathan Norman, Saori Oda, Jacqui Sanchez, Monica Swayne and Dale White in the ensemble. The production will also feature Sharon D Clarke as the voice of Gaia.

Aladdin will once again be written and directed by Susie McKenna with original music by Steven Edis. It will have production design by Lotte Collett, musical direction by Mark Dickman, choreography by Richard Roe, lighting design by David Howe, sound design by Daniel Higgott, assistant direction by Matt Dempsey and creature design by Scott Brooker.