Dick Whittington and His Cat

Dick Whittington and His Cat

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In Jamaica, young Dick Whittington is boarding a boat; chasing the dream of a new life in the gold-paved streets of glorious London.


Little does he know, magic awaits him and his enchanted feline friend far across the ocean… he’ll embark on the adventure of a lifetime: fighting rodent royalty, meeting an eccentric fairy and winning the heart of his true love – all whilst trying to find fame and fortune.

Join us for a dazzling Hackney-style reimagining of this classic rags-to-riches tale, bursting with laugh-out-loud topical gags, knockabout comedy, show-stopping song and dance numbers, the most boo-able baddies and enough festive cheer to fuel a ship half way round the world.

Critic reviews

Susie McKenna's wonderful and hopeful Windrush-inspired pantomime

The Stage

There is more politics than usual, including a blond-mopped posh rat called Boris

The Times

This year’s Hackney panto is a sharp and big-hearted tribute to the Windrush generation (with lots of pie-splatting)

Time Out

Hackney Empire's 2019 panto looks both backwards and forwards in time and promises a genuinely entertaining present


London's panto mayor gets a hipsterville makeover

Evening Standard

A classy panto that's in need of a bit more sass

The Telegraph

The show is joyous and spectacular, but also heartfelt


A glimpse of what the world could look like if everything were simpler and the people were kinder


A feel-good pantomime that had the audience laughing throughout

West End Wilma

A heartwarming affair from a team who know which buttons to press

The Sunday Times

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 23 Nov - Sun 5 Jan, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 6pm & 7pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 30 mins


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