With heaps of zany energy, lurid costumes, a chortle-worthy dame and budget East End prices, Hackney’s panto is typically one of the best out there. This year, panto-writing dream team Susie McKenna and Steve Edis are spinning the yarn of Princess Aurora, who pricks her finger on a spindle and sends everyone into an enchanted slumber. Sadly, there’s no Clive Rowe in the dame role this year – though the iconic actor has taken years off before – but this year’s cast includes the great Sharon D Clarke (a Hackney panto regular), plus West End regular Alexia Khadime as Princess Tahlia, and in the dame role Gavin Spokes, so brilliant in the recent West End revival of ‘Guys and Dolls’. Plus! Heaps of high-energy dance routines, fresh comedy, and plenty of surreal touches.