Pantomime returned to the West End this Christmas in a lavish new five-star production: Dick Whittington! I had the pleasure to go see it as part of a Christmas gift and I have to say I hadn’t laughed as much in a play/musical for a long time!
Panto returned to the Palladium Theatre after 29 years last year with Cinderella starring Amanda Holden, and it is followed up this year with Dick Whittington, with the title role played by Charlie Stemp (lead on Half a Sixpence).
The production reunited Stemp with fellow Half a Sixpence cast member Emma Williams. The cast also includes Paul Zerdin, Gart Wilmot, Nigel Harvers and Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity.
Dick Whittington is a tale based on an old English folklore about a young man and his cat. Both of them come from a poor home and move to London to find fortune, fame and love. The rat-infested capital proves to be the perfect hunting grounfs for Dick’s cat, whose ratting abilities make his master a sound fortune by defeating the rat queen and leads to his eventual promotion to Lord Mayor of London… Watch out, Mr. Khan!
Dick Whittington is at the London Palladium until 14th January 2018 including Sundays. Tickets start from £22.50 so there’s no excuse not to go!