Dick Whittington and His Cat


Off-West End

Hackney Empire

Until Sun Jan 6 2013


© Robert Workman

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Top top quality performances. My 9 year old son loved it to bits, after moaning he didn't want to go. Can't believe it was full to bursting. GO see before it's too late!


Excellent show - with or our without children. Especially loved Dick's mother (great renditions of Bond tracks) and the King Rat. Super performances from Dick and his love interest too who sing a great version of Take That "Rule the world"

Tony Glazier

I was lucky enough to see Dick Whittington at the Hackney Empire on the first night. Last time I saw this show was more years ago than I care to admit and then the London skyline was typified by Big Ben and red buses! Now its the London Eye, the Gurkin and The Shard! It is lavishly produced with many different sets all seamlessly changed in two or three seconds of lights down. Almost all of the theatre's facilities are used with flying performers and a large ship which sinks in a storm! The music is performed by five musicians playing eight instruments. I would have liked a bit more saxophone music too and I would also have given it a little more prominence in the mixing. The pianist ( musical director ) gave a lively display and at times looked likely to eject himself onto the stage! The dialogue is very child friendly with no lewd adult jokes at all. Rather less Hackney/London specific lines though. There could easily have been more. Not even a single direct reference to Ken or Boris by name! The cast were all very good and the show was very well rehearsed and the sound was good too. Although I was watching the evening performance and it might have fallen apart during the matinee for all I know. One of the best sets was the underwater ballet scene. Very well designed and for a few minutes you could have been at Covent Garden! I rather expected some U/V fluoresced fishes at the beginning but perhaps they will add that later when they have sussed out how to effect them. The music and songs were very enjoyable although I missed a Titanic theme when the ship was sinking and a song from the bows in that iconic scene which could still be added! All in all a very enjoyable show that is bound to be a big success for the Empire! Tony Glazier