Hackney Empire is to stage Dick Whittington and His Cat for its 2019 pantomime production.

A highlight of Hackney Empire’s season, the pantomime will be set in post-war Britain and follows young Dickens Whittington who is in Jamaica boarding the Empire Windrush to seek his fortune in London. The version will be written by Hackney Empire regular Susie McKenna and composed by Steven Edis.

McKenna said: “This is our 21st year and we are taking inspiration from the story of our 15th century hero Richard Whittington, and celebrating the courage and determination of our 20th century heroes – the Windrush Generation.

She added “The story represents a journey full of hopes and dreams, it’s a tribute to my own extended family as well as our local community. As always, our show will have all the ingredients of a traditional pantomime, sprinkled with surprises galore in true Hackney panto style.

McKenna’s production of Dick Whittington and His Cat promises a dazzling Hackney-style reimagining of this classic rags-to-riches tale, with topical gags, knockabout comedy, show-stopping song and dance numbers, boo-able baddies and tons of festive cheer.

Full casting to be announced.

Last year’s production of Aladdin was nominated for six Great British Pantomime Awards, including Pantomime of the Year.

Dick Whittington and His Cat will run from 23 November 2019 until 5 January 2020 at Hackney Empire, London.