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20 December 2012

2-4-1 ticket deal on Hackney Empire's side-splittingly funny panto

FEELING festive but not yet made it to Hackney Empire's critically acclaimed panto, 'Dick Whittington and his Cat?' Well, look no further than Destination Hackney; we have a secret code to get two theatre tickets for the price of one.

Quote the phrase ‘Local Heroes’ when you call the Empire's box office on: 020 8985 2424; or visit the Mare Street theatre in person, and get 2-4-1 tickets on top price seats, subject to availability.

The offer is valid for evening performances on 29 and 30 December; and matinee and evening shows on 2, 3, 4 January.

Susie McKenna’s ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’ has young and old shouting, dancing and singing in an evening of intoxicating entertainment.

Joanna Riding, who played the wicked stepmother in last year’s panto ‘Cinderella’, returns to the Empire in male guise as the legendary Dick, seeking fame, fortune and adventure on the glittering streets of London-town.

Lonely in the Big Smoke, Dick is made to feel at home in Hackney however with his acrobatic cat (Stephen Emery) and the lazy but loveable Idle Jack (Darren Hart).

Jack helps his hopeful friend find a job with Alderman Fitzwarren (Tony Whittle) a gentleman of legendary business acumen, who can 'sell stuff from all over the world, even Bethnal Green'.

From then on it’s a swashbuckling adventure as they embark on a journey from London to the depths of the sea.

If Riding makes a radiant hero, then the celebrated comic Kat B is a lordly, terrifying King Rat, accompanied by a wonderfully talented troupe of rodents, local youngsters from X7eaven performing arts academy.

Nor does Steve Elias disappoint with his debut panto appearance at the Empire: he makes a formidable dame as Sarah the Cook, whose booming rendition of Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ is a stroke of comic genius.

The Empire does not hesitate in frequently teasing local residents. “Here’s me thinking Hackney was multi-lateral,” quips Sarah when we fail to reply to a speedy string of Welsh words.

And there are more glittering performances, too many to mention, including Bradley Cumberbatch as King Rat’s sidekick, the first member of the theatre’s Artistic Development Programme to play a principal role at the Empire.

By act two, we are out of our seats, singing-a-long and dancing with our paws in the air. If you want side-splitting fun this season then look no further than this for a show. It really is the 'cat’s whiskers' of pantomime.

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2 4 1 ticket offer on Dick Whittington and his Cat at Hackney Empire

2 4 1 ticket offer on Dick Whittington and his Cat at Hackney Empire

2 4 1 ticket offer on Dick Whittington and his Cat at Hackney Empire

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