Hackney Empire announces Mother Goose as its 2022 Christmas pantomime

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Hackney Empire has announced Mother Goose as its 2022 Christmas pantomime.

Celebrating its 120th birthday year, the venue will stage the panto which was itself first performed 120 years ago.


The production will open on 12 November and run until 31 December.

In what will be his 15th pantomime at Hackney Empire, Olivier award-winning panto royalty Clive Rowe will direct and star as the Dame, Mother Goose, with full cast and creative team to be announced.

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.

What would you do if you found a magical goose who lays golden eggs?! That’s exactly what’s in store for Mother Goose, and she soon discovered that this priceless talent isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! Packed full of all your favourite pantomime ingredients, this reimagining of the classic rags-to-riches tale is the perfect festive treat.

Expect larger than life characters, gloriously outrageous costumes, incredible live music, uncontrollable laughter and loads of audience participation… oh yes, there definitely is!

Clive Rowe said: “I’m incredibly proud, in Hackney Empire’s 120th birthday year, to be directing and playing Mother Goose, which was first created for music hall legend Dan Leno 120 years ago. Big shoes to fill but I will do my very best to make the walls shake with the love and laughter we’ve come to expect from Hackney’s pantomime.”

Tickets go on sale to the public from midday on 22 March at Priority booking for Friends and Supporters opens on 16 March at noon. To find out how to become a Friend, please visit

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