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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at Hackney Empire 2015

Jack and the BeanstalkHackney Empire will present Jack and the Beanstalk as their 2015 Christmas pantomime. In time honoured Hackney tradition, the production will be written and directed by Creative Director Susie McKenna and composed by Steven Edis, their 17th pantomime for the Empire. Last year’s production of Mother Goose which starred Clive Rowe marked Hackney Empire’s best-selling pantomime to date and was seen by over 50,000 people from all over London.

Set in the kingdom of Hackneydale, Hackney Empire’s production follows the story of young Jack who is tempted by a mysterious stranger into swapping the family’s trusty old cow for a handful of magic beans. An offer surely happy-go-lucky Jack can’t refuse?

In true Hackney style the production will feature outlandish costumes, bonkers baddies and glittering goodies, buckets of silliness, hilarious jokes and full-on show stopping tunes performed alongside a stunning live band.

Susie McKenna said “We are a family here at Hackney Empire and so to welcome Clive Rowe and Sharon D Clarke back into the fold in 2014 with Mother Goose as Hackney’s bestselling pantomime ever was incredible. So many people both on stage, behind the scenes and in the audience have been with Steve Edis and me for the whole journey. It has been an amazing 17 years of Hackney pantomimes and I can’t wait to get started on the next one. Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the best and oldest rags to riches tales and we’re already busy relocating it to Hackneydale.”

Jack and the Beanstalk will be Susie McKenna’s 17th Hackney pantomime. From starting as principle boy in Nottingham Playhouse pantomimes, Susie is now Creative Director of Hackney Empire. Her directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Madness (Hackney Empire, New York and Edinburgh Festival), La Varieté, Once on This Island (Hackney Empire), Sit and Shiver (assisting Steven Berkoff), A Christmas Carol (Arts Theatre, London) and Once on this Island (Hackney Empire, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse). Susie has also worked as an actress for over 30 years. Her acting credits include Chicago, Cats and The Witches of Eastwick in the West End and national tours of Hair, The Rocky Horror Show and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Steven Edis returns once again as musical composer to create a magical mix of musical mash-ups, chart remixes and an original score. Steven has worked with the National Theatre, in the West End and on a variety of prestigious projects as composer, arranger and orchestrator. Credits include The Captain of Kopenick (National Theatre), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Chorus of Disapproval, Flarepath and Birdsong for the West End. Steven brings his vast experience to create a musical score that rivals a West End musical.

Casting to be announced later in the year.

A Hackney Empire Pantomime
Press Night: Thurs 26 November, 7pm
Written and Directed by Susie McKenna
Music: Steven Edis
Design: Lotte Collett
Musical Director: Mark Dickman

Sat 21 Nov 2015 – Sun 03 Jan 2016
Tickets prices
Tickets from £34.50 – £10, concessions available
Groups of 10+ discount available at certain of performances
Early Bird offer: Book and pay before 30 Sept and receive best available seats for just £17.50 per ticket. Available at certain performances.
Signed Performances
Sat 5 Dec at 2.30pm & 7pm.
Thu 17 Dec at 1.30pm (schools performance) & 7pm.
Relaxed Performance
Sat 5 Dec at 2.30pm (pre-show meet and greet, 12.45 – 1.15pm)
Box Office: 020 8985 2424

Friday 27th February 2015


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