Hackney Empire has released behind-the-scenes rehearsal images for its Christmas pantomime Mother Goose, which begins performances next week on 19 November. Mother Goose Tickets are on sale here.
Earlier this week, Priscilla the Goose had a fun day out at Liverpool Street Station, making friends with delighted commuters as she spread the word about the show, which runs until 31 December.
Mother Goose stars Kat B (Jack and the Beanstalk and The Wiz, Hackney Empire) as Billy Goose, alongside Ruth Lynch (making her professional debut) as Priscilla the Goose, Holly Mallett (Andy and The Odd Socks, Glastonbury/UK Tour; Notflix: The Improvised Musical, Soho Theatre) as Jill Purchase, Tony Marshall (Casualty (1993 – 2021); Jitney, Old Vic/Leeds Playhouse) as Squire Purchase, Rebecca Parker (Cats, West End; Crazy For You, West End) as Demon Queen, Ope Sowande (Moulin Rouge, Piccadilly Theatre; The Lion King, International Tour) as Jack Goose, and Gemma Wardle (Les Miserables in Concert, Gielgud Theatre; Fame, Cambridge Theatre) as Fairy Fame.
The ensemble cast includes Hollie Dorman, Tom Kalek, Elliott Lee, Imogen Opie Marina Tavolieri, Adam Tench and Dawn Williams, with a young ensemble made up of Hackney Empire’s ADP Dancers and performers from Vestry School of Dance & Performing Arts.
They join Olivier award-winning Clive Rowe, starring in his 15th pantomime at Hackney Empire as Mother Goose.
Clive also returns to direct this year’s pantomime, alongside Will Brenton (Writer), Steven Edis (Original Songs), Cleo Pettitt (Costume Designer), Renell Shaw (Musical Director: Orchestrations and Arrangements), André Fabien Francis (Choreographer), David W Kidd (Lighting Designer) and Yvonne Gilbert (Sound Designer).
The pantomime Mother Goose was first created for another Hackney Empire legend, Music Hall comedian Dan Leno, who first performed the show in 1902. 120 years on, Hackney are proud to present the mother of all pantomimes in their 120th birthday year.
Mother Goose runs from 19th November 2022 – until 31st December, with the press performance at 7pm on 1st December.