VenueHackney Empire
Other spaces: Bullion Room Theatre, Acorn Theatre
TownOuter London
CountyGreater London
From1st December 2007
Opened5th December 2007
To12th January 2008
WhenTimes vary, check with Box Office
PricesFrom £9.50. To £19.50.
What is currently on at Hackney Empire (V309)
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Dick Whittington and His Cat

Dick Whittington and His CatT01314768825
Pantomime about a boy and his cat who set off to London to make their fortune - usually with Dick's Brother (Idle Jack) and mother - there they usually meet Baron Fitzwarren and sail away to seek treasure. In some versions King Rat goes with them to steal the treasure, in others they reach a land infested with rats where they haven't heard of cats and Dick does a deal, returning home rich he becomes Lord Mayor of London. Based extremely loosely on a real person (Richard Whittington, 1350 to 1423), there is a statue of the cat outside the Whittington Hospital in North London where Dick is supposed to have heard the bells say "Turn again Whittington, Lord Mayor of London" as he trudged away from the city. First recorded panto on this theme was in 1814.

Archive :: production:T01314768825, panto:S01059686152, venue:V309

Production details

Special Performances

  • 8 Dec 07 Sign Interpreted
  • 8 Dec 07 Sign Interpreted
  • 13 Dec 07 Sign Interpreted


Producer Hackney Empire
Author Susie McKenna
Director Susie McKenna
Design Lotte Collett
Costume Lotte Collett
Musical Director Steven Edis
Performer Clive Rowe (Sarah the Cook)
Performer David Ashley (King Rat)
Performer Tameka Empson (Fairy Bowbells)
Performer Kat (Idle Jack)
Performer Tony Whittle (Aldeman Fitzwarren)
Performer Hannah Jane Fox (Dick)
Performer Sophia Ragavelas (Alice)
Performer Mike Denman (Cat)

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