You and your children will come alive this Christmas with a trip to see London’s most hotly-anticipated pantomime, Dick Whittington.
Studies show that taking your children to live experiences significantly benefits their development, and pantomime really is beyond compare when it comes to audience interaction. Your little ones will be answering the characters back in no time, growing in confidence throughout the performance once they realise that it is okay to shout out. If you’ve got children who are aged five and above, there’s really no better Christmas present than a magical trip to see Dick Whittington.
Last year, the London Palladium introduced pantomime to the West End for the first time in 29 years with its glitzy production of Cinderella. Dick Whittington is created by the same team, Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer.
With a star-studded cast that includes Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Nigel Havers and dance troupe Diversity, impressive sets and plenty of side-splitting humour, this one’s not only for the kids.
Get your skates on - you’ll need to book as early as possible to secure the best seats in the house for this eagerly awaited pantomime favourite!
Julian Clary will return to the Palladium after performing there in last year's production of Cinderella. Clary will play Spirit of the Bells alongside musical theatre royalty Elaine Paige as Queen Rat, Paul Zerdin as Idle Jack and Nigel Havers as Captain Nigel. The show will also feature Ashley Banjo, as the Sultan, and dance troupe Diversity as his Entourage. Gary Wilmot will play Sarah the Cook and, direct from Half A Sixpence, Charlie Stemp will be playing the title role of Dick Whittington.
Dick Whittington is the rags-to-riches story of Dick and his dancing cat. The pair leave their home penniless and journey to find their fortune in London, where the streets are allegedly paved with gold. When Dick and his pet arrive in the capital, what they find is a lonely city plagued by rats. Soon, their luck picks up and Dick’s cat and his rat-killing skills are in high demand! However, Queen Rat, who rules London’s underworld, has her own plans and will do anything to prevent Dick from prospering and becoming the new Mayor of London.
As a general guideline an age of 5+ is recommended. Children under 3 years of age will not be admitted. Children must be able to sit unaided, in their own seat, and be attentive to the performance as to not distract other members of the audience. Admittance to the auditorium is at the discretion of the theatre management.
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(2mins) Exit 8 from the tube goes out onto Argyll Street (opposite the large Topshop). The theatre is 100 metres down the road.