Hackney Empire’s dream team are celebrating their 20th year at the helm of our spectacular pantomime. Join us on a journey halfway round the world as they take on the magical, much-loved tale of Aladdin!
All the way in Ha-Ka-Nay on the outskirts of old Peking, young Aladdin dreams of finding love and making his fortune. When he discovers an enchanted lamp and meets a mysterious genie, it looks like all his wishes are about to come true – with the help of tap-dancing pandas and his larger-than-life mum, can he win the hand of his Princess? Or will an evil magician, some madcapped policemen and a very large pile of laundry stand in his way?
We’ve got a cast of stars straight from the West End, the biggest, best song and dance numbers and plenty of chances to boo and cheer in this perfect Christmas family treat.
There's nothing Hackneyed about this panto celebrating 20 years in the East End
Clive Rowe and Tameka Empson’s dream double act powers the Hackney panto back to its best
This pantomime has just enough suspense for the little ones, and just enough bawdiness and self-commentary for the bigger ones
Hackney's Aladdin may not quite manage to top some of the theatre's past pantomime glories, but it does a top job of putting on a great show complete with guts, guffaws and greatness
Aladdin is the panto to see this year
There is an evident political message throughout, including several clever Brexit references
This show has a dastardly villain in Jacob Peas Bogg and some spirited performances but there is nothing like its dame