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Dick Whittington – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer and Director: Jamie Smith               Reviewer:  Bill Avenell These may be somewhat disturbing and unsettling times in world affairs but it is reassuring to know that ‘some things don’t change’, and if the phrase applies anywhere then it certainly applies to this year’s Christmas offering of Dick Whittington at the Yvonne Arnaud. Once again the Guildford theatre applies a ...

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Dick Whittington – Milton Keynes Theatre

Dick Whittington from Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Russell Labey Reviewer: Maggie Constable It’s behind you! Well, actually it’s not, but yes it’s that time again! Dick Whittington the panto has arrived at Milton Keynes Theatre. Dick Whittington and his trusted feline friend, Tommy, set off on their fun-filled quest for fame and fortune in London where, in a slight retelling of the traditional ...

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Dick Whittington – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Daniel Buckroyd, Fine Time Fontayne Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray Beneath the impressive 21st Century gloss, and despite the Trump gags, this is a warmly traditional panto, its appeal effortlessly spanning the generations. Director and co-writer Daniel Buckroyd has wisely re-hired many of last year's Aladdin company; they seem very much ...

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Dick Whittington – Harrogate Theatre

The Cat Who Cant Talk

Writers: Phil Lowe/David Bown Director: Phil Lowe Musical Director: Nick Lacey Choreographer: David Kar Hing Lee Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomime traditionally plays tricks with the gender of the characters, but Harrogate’s gleeful version of Dick Whittington goes further than most. A mixture of tradition and innovation gives us, in addition to the customary Dame,  a splendidly old-style Principal Boy together ...

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Dick Whittington – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Becky Stone as Tommy the Cat and Tricia-Adele Turner as Dick Whittington

Writer: Iain Lauchlan Directors: Iain Lauchlan and Paul Gibson Reviewer: Nicole Evans The Coventry Belgrade Theatre pantomime is set aside from its regional rivals by the distinct lack of soap stars and the likes in the role of dames attempting to rekindle their careers. Despite not having the pull of a famous face on the posters, Iain Lauchlan's traditional yearly ...

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NEWS: Colchester’s Mercury Theatre announce Autumn season

Colchester's Mercury Theatre has today [Friday 15 July 2016] announced its 2016 Autumn/Winter season. Kicking off the Made in Colchester season will be the previously announced family musical adventure Wind in the Willows. Playing for three weeks of the school summer holidays, Toad, Badger, Rat and Mole are ready to hit the road in a chaotic musical adventure like no ...

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Dick Whittington – Liverpool Empire Theatre

The cast of Dick Whittington

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Jane Joseph Reviewer: John Roberts   Who doesn’t like some Dick at Christmas? Behave! We are of course talking about Mr. Whittington, Lord Mayor of London, although in this version Lord Mayor of Liverpool in a local twist to the tale – which works perfectly given the maritime history of the city. Dick Whittington may be ...

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Dick Whittington – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Alistair Higgins, Chris Hannon and James Dinsmore in Dick Whittington

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Director: Rhiannon Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Theatre Royal Wakefield believes in traditional pantomime and does it very well. Even the glossy programme tells us, in between the colour-in drawings and kids’ puzzles, the history of Dick Whittington on stage. The Theatre Royal takes its pantomime seriously, though never solemnly. Experienced pantomime writer ...

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