Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

The special deal for bookers of the 2023 pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk only applies to the following performances:

  • Saturday 7 December - 1pm
  • Saturday 7 December - 5pm
  • Friday 13 December - 5pm
  • Saturday 14 December - 1pm
  • Saturday 14 December - 5pm
  • Sunday 15 December - 1pm
  • Sunday 15 December - 5pm

This offer expires on Tuesday 2 January 2024.


For all bookers, purchase before Sunday 31 March 2024 for a discounted early bird price on all performances!


Joy Productions and Broadway present


Written and directed by Susie McKenna

Welcome to Lewishtonia, where once upon a time, a princess is born. Not invited to the celebration party, wicked fairy Carabosse casts an evil spell which changes the Princess's life forever - but can she take charge of her own destiny? 

Packed with fun for all the family, and brought right up to date, Susie McKenna has crafted a spellbinding show with colourful characters, knockabout comedy, show-stopping routines and no shortage of magic and sparkle. The perfect Gothic fairytale with a soulful twist for Christmas 2024.


Susie McKenna has been working as an actor, writer, and director for over 35 years nationally, in the West End and in television and film. She has also produced documentaries including Battle Axes for Channel 4 and Journey into Evil for ABC in the USA. Susie is currently Associate Artist at Kiln theatre London and working as a freelance actress, director and writer. McKenna has always worked in Pantomime from her first theatre job in the ensemble to playing Principal Boy at Nottingham playhouse for eight years, to writing and directing Hackney Empire’s first in-house pantomime, Dick Whittington, in 1998. Susie went on to write and direct (and often appear in) the Hackney pantomime to great critical acclaim, up to and including the 21st anniversary production of Dick Whittington in 2020, winning her Best Director at the Great British Pantomime Awards. She became Creative Director of Hackney Empire until December 2017, and was responsible for programming, including commissioning the hit musical drama Rudy’s Rare Records starring Lenny Henry, and curating the London Cultural Olympiad comedy festival at the theatre in 2012. Susie also managed the delivery of the creative learning and community programme including directing Hackney Empire’s Artist Development Programme main house show each year which produced two graduate theatre companies – Hackney Harlem Theatre Company and TWIST theatre. Other productions at Hackney Empire include Blues in the Night, Beau Jest, Sit and Shiver starring Steven Berkoff, Kat and Tameka Show, La Variété , Sing Out , Alter Ego , A Midsummer Night’s Madness (NYC and Edinburgh), a musical adaptation of Macbeth and Once on this Island - a co-production with Birmingham Rep and Nottingham Playhouse. In 2012 she was the festival director for Ha Ha Ha Hackney – a seven-show celebration of 60 years of British comedy for the London 2012 Festival.


Schools Performances

Most school performances will go on sale in early 2024.

Please contact the box office if you would like to book a school group for one of the performances listed below.

The cost for school groups is £10 per head until Sunday 31 March 2024, and then will rise to £12.50. For every 10 students, one teacher goes free and no booking fees will be charged to school groups.

If you have any special needs or questions, please contact the box office on the email or phone number above and we'll be happy to help. 

(Please note: these performances are open to the public as well as schools.)

  • Wednesday 4 December - 10.30am
  • Thursday 5 December - 10.30am
  • Friday 6 December - 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 10 December - 10am
  • Tuesday 10 December - 2pm
  • Wednesday 11 December - 10am
  • Wednesday 11 December - 2pm
  • Thursday 12 December - 10am
  • Thursday 12 December - 2pm
  • Friday 13 December - 1pm
  • Tuesday 17 December - 10am
  • Tuesday 17 December - 2pm
  • Wednesday 18 December - 10am
  • Wednesday 18 December - 2pm
  • Thursday 19 December - 10am
  • Thursday 19 December - 2pm
  • Friday 20 December - 10am