Hackney Empire had announced the return of Olivier Award nominated actress, television star and comedian Tameka Empson (EastEnders, The Big Life, 3 Non Blondes) for its landmark 20th anniversary pantomime from writer and director Susie McKenna in a sparkling new production of Aladdin opening this Christmas.
Tameka Empson makes a much-anticipated return to the Hackney stage where she performed regularly between 2004 and 2009 before being cast as Kim Fox-Hubbard in EastEnders.
Aladdin will mark her first stage appearance since joining the soap and will see her return to the role of the Empress alongside Hackney Empire’s Olivier Award-winning Grande Dame Clive Rowe.
Writer and director Susie McKenna will mark two decades at the helm of the now legendary show with composer Steven Edis. During their tenure the Hackney panto has grown to become one of the city’s most anticipated annual highlights and a champion for culture and community in the East End. Now established as the number one pantomime in London, Hackney Empire’s annual offering continues to attract record numbers year on year, locally, nationally and internationally, with more people from Hackney attending than ever before.
Aladdin will run from 24 November 2018 to 6 January 2019.