Interview: Ope Sowande, Jack Goose in Mother Goose at the Hackney Empire

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Ope Sowande is preparing to play Jack Goose in Mother Goose, this year’s pantomime at the Hackney Empire, directed by and starring Clive Rowe. 

Click below to listen, you can hear Ope’s interview at 1:45.


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The pantomime Mother Goose was first created for Hackney Empire regular and Music Hall legend Dan Leno, who first played the title role in 1902. 120 years on, Hackney are proud to present the mother of all pantomimes to conclude their 120th birthday year.

Ope previously understudied Simba in the international tour of The Lion King and recently was a swing in the original West End cast of Moulin Rouge (Piccadilly Theatre).

Ope discusses why he’s delighted to be doing panto in Hackney, how it felt to say goodbye to Moulin Rouge and being inspired by his best friend and fellow performer Jordan Shaw. 

Mother Goose runs at the Hackney Empire 19th November –  31st December. Visit for info and tickets. 

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. 

Thanks for listening! 


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