Cast revealed for Hackney Empire’s Aladdin pantomime with Clive Rowe

Full casting has been announced for Hackney Empire’s upcoming pantomime production of Aladdin.

The 24th annual pantomime runs at the London venue from 18 November – 31 December 2023.

The cast of Aladdin, in order of appearance, are 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 & Maurice) as Mildew Funk and Rishi Manuel (Brief Encounter, Stephen Joseph Theatre) makes his panto debut as Wishy.

In what will be his 16th pantomime at Hackney Empire, Olivier award-winning panto royalty Clive Rowe will direct and star as the Dame, Widow Twankey. Joining Clive will be Hackney’s own diamond Kat B (Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Hackney Empire) as the Genie.

The cast is completed by the an ensemble made up of Zaynah Ahmed, Ben Anderson, Samuel Deghkhadirian, Christian De-Gallerie, Anna Greenwell, Charlotte Louise and Beth Sindy.

Join us on a journey to a magical world, as the much-loved tale of Aladdin flies into Hackney this festive season! Aladdin dreams of finding love and making his fortune. When he discovers an enchanted lamp and meets a mysterious genie, it looks like all of his wishes are going to come true. But are they, or will forces of evil stand in the way…? Expect an unbelievable cast, incredible costumes, uncontrollable laughter and song and dance numbers that are nothing short of genie-us!

Aladdin is written by Will Brenton, based on ideas by Will Brenton and Clive Rowe, who also directs. Aladdin will have original music and songs by Steve Edis with set & costume design by Cleo Pettitt, musical direction, arrangements & orchestrator by Alex Maynard, choreography by Myles Brown, lighting design by David W Kidd and sound design by Yvonne Gilber.

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