Hackney Empire presents Cinderella
Added: (Thu Nov 16 2006)
Pressbox (Press Release) -
A Hackney Empire Production
Press Night – 7th December 2006 7.00pm
The Hackney Empire's Cinderella is this Christmas’ must see show for lovers of glamour n glitz following the truly magical Aladdin (“Pantomime at its joyous best” Daily Telegraph - 2004) and Laugh Out Loud Jack and the Beanstalk ("The best panto in town" The Guardian -2005).
This unique tale of Cinders and her dysfunctional (and ever so slightly wicked) family is set during 1920’s, in the days when Mr Muscle was a weightlifting competition and shiny stage coaches not bendy buses were the main mode of transport for the laydeez. Watch out for the Ugly Sisters putting Cinderella through her household paces (making Kim and Aggie look like fluffy ickle bunny rabbits); the rather dashing Prince Charming searching from Islington On Thames to Bethnal On The Green for his true love; an amazing golden flying coach driven by rapping rodents and Clapton, the hip hop dancing horse. Anyway, we have revealed far too much about the show now but do not worry we have plenty more surprises in store when you come to see the show.
As usual the West End comes to the East End with a top West End musical theatre cast though often it's the audiences who steal the show with kids (aged 5 - 105) making their voices heard throughout the performances. Donna Steele who received universal acclaim for her recent performance as Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, headlines as Cinderella. Her Dad, a crooning gigolo, Baron Hardup is played by theatre legend Peter Straker (Phantom/Rocky Horror) while his lovable servant (and Cinders best mate) Buttons is played by Ben Fox (Bubble the Wizard/Bubble and Squeek). Olivier Award nominee Tameka Empson (The Big Life/Three Non Blondes/Beautiful Thing) returns for her third Hackney Empire panto this time as the Wicked Stepmother along with last years baddie Michael Kirk (Oliver/My Fair Lady) as one of the Ugly Sisters and Hackney newcomer David Ashley (Blood Brothers/Cats/Les Mis) as the other. Last year’s Jack, Matt Dempsey (De-Lovely/Regents Park Summer Season) also returns as Dandini the Princes life and lady loving valet. The suave and sophisticated Prince Charming is played by rising star of stage and screen Steven Cree while Lovers Rock star Janet Kay plays her silly games as the soul diva Fairy Godmother whilst Cinder’s friends Mouzee and Myonce (they’re two mice!) are voiced by Hackney Panto regulars, Holby City star Sharon D Clarke and Choice FM’s Kat B. Watch out also for Queen Roweena, she’s a familiar Hackney Empire panto face to be sure and a cameo not to be missed!
Hackney Empire Panto music supremo Steven Edis composes and conducts mixture of classy show tunes and sing-a-long pop numbers; spectacular Roaring Twenties outfits and luscious art deco sets designed and created by Lotte Collette and her team; choreographer Carl Parris who will be leading on the lindy hop meets hip hop routines and last but by no means least Susie McKenna who has the unenviable task of writing and directing this the follow up to her acclaimed Jack and The Beanstalk described in the Evening Standard as “Better than Prozac. Susie McKenna has been behind the last eight Christmas shows at the Empire, with the Financial Times stating “For several years, Susie McKenna’s pantomimes at the Hackney Empire have been the most reliably raucous seasonal fun in London” whilst The Guardian Series describe her works as combination of ‘The magic of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, the drama of EastEnders and the comedy of Only Fools and Horses’.
Will Cinderella ever swap her life of bleach and Brillopads for a life of balls and banquets? Will Prince Charming ever find his true love? Will the Ugly Sisters ever become less aesthetically challenged? Well I’m sure you can guess the answer to all these questions but the fun is how they get there…
Cinderella – 2nd December 2006 – 13th January 2007
Press Night – 7th December 2006 7pm
Tickets £8.50 - £19.50 Box Office – 020 8985 2424
Info/Online Bookings - www.hackneyempire.co.uk
Hackney Empire – 291 Mare St., London, E8 1EJ
BR: Hackney Central/Hackney Downs
LU: Bethnal Green / Highbury and Islington then bus
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