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Casting announced for Hackney Empire's Cinderella

Aisha Jawando as Cinderella, and Kat B and Tony Whittle as the Ugly Sisters. Photo credit: Perou.

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for Hackney Empire’s 2017 panto Cinderella, which runs from Saturday, November 18 to Sunday, December 31.

The line up includes Aisha Jawando (Motown the Musical, Beautiful) as Cinderella and Hackney Empire pantomime legends Tony Whittle and Kat B as the Ugly Sisters.

Peter Straker (Hair, Tommy) will reprise the role of Baron Hardup, having last played the role in 2011, Darren Hart (Justin’s House, Gigglebiz) will play Buttons and writer and director Susie McKenna (Cats, Ragtime) will also be taking on the role of the Wicked Stepmother.

Making their Hackney Empire pantomime debuts will be West End performers Stephane Anelli (Saturday Night Fever, Singing in the Rain) as Dandini and Chris Jenkins (Billy Elliot, War of the Worlds) as Prince Charming. The production will also feature Sharon D Clarke and Clarke Peters as the voices of Duchess and Duke Mouse.

The cast will also include Chloe Ames, Thomas Audibert, Andrew Carthy, Raffaella Covino, Sinead Long and Dale White.

Marking their 19th pantomime for Hackney Empire, Cinderella will be written and directed by Susie McKenna with original music by Steven Edis. The award-winning team has been the creative force behind the venue’s pantomime for nearly two decades and will once again be bringing a classic story bang up to date.

This Christmas, Harlem meets Hackney in the classic rags to riches tale of Cinderella. In true Hackney Empire style that brings West End value at East End prices, this magical, family pantomime will be packed with glittering sets, big song and dance numbers, slapstick comedy plus a flying horse, all played out in the beautiful Victorian Theatre.

Cinderella will be designed by Lotte Collett, with musical direction by Mark Dickman, lighting by Paul Anderson, sound by Adam Fisher, choreography by Richard Roe and creature design by Scott Brooker. Assistant Director will be Matt Dempsey.

Image: Aisha Jawando as Cinderella, and Kat B and Tony Whittle as the Ugly Sisters. Photo credit: Perou.

Tickets: from £36.50 – £10 (concessions available). Groups of 10+: discount available at certain performances. To book, call the box office on 020 8985 2424 or visit

NB: Children under 14 years need to be accompanied at all times by a paying adult.

Signed Performances: Saturday, December 2 at 2.30pm and 7pm and Thursday, December 7 at 1.30pm and 7pm.

Dementia Friendly Performance: Saturday, December 2 at 2.30pm.

Relaxed Performance: Saturday, December 2 at 2.30pm (signed performance).