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Landmark pantomime celebrates 20th anniversary

ONE JUMP AHEAD: Clive Rowe as Widow Twankey, top, with Tameka Empson as The Empress

HACKNEY EMPIRE announced their full casting list for Aladdin which celebrates its landmark 20th anniversary Christmas pantomime this year.

Written and directed by Susie McKenna this years show will see Empire regular Kat B, below, return as Genie of the Lamp joined by the likes of Gemma Sutton who takes on the title role and will be joined by Julie Yammanee as Princess Ling Mai.

As previously announced, Hackney Empire’s Olivier Award-winning Grande Dame of pantomime Clive Rowe will be making his Hackney comeback in the role of Widow Twangy.

Last seen in 2015, Aladdin will mark Rowe’s 12th panto with the venue. There will also be a Hack- ney homecoming for Olivier Award nominated actress, television star and comedian Tameka Empson who will return to play The Empress in her sixth Empire panto and following her last stage appearance nine years ago.

The full cast includes Empire stalwarts 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, The Goddess of Light. Aladdin will feature original music by Steven Edis, bringing a glittering show packed with magical fun, song, dance, slapstick comedy and audience participation for all the family.

McKenna and Edis will mark two decades at the helm of the now legendary Hackney Empire panto which has grown to become an annual highlight and a champion for culture and community in the East End.

Aladdin at Hackney Empire runs from November 24 to January 6, 2019.

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