About the show
Head to London’s home of pantomime, The London Palladium, for Dick Whittington.
In 2016, the London Palladium staged its first pantomime in nearly 30 years. With rave reviews and audiences fully embracing the festive fun, they’re doing it again! For 2017, the London Palladium hosts to the classic panto Dick Whittington.
Follow the story of ambitious Mr Whittington, who leaves home and heads to London in search of his fortune. Of course, London’s streets aren’t paved with gold, so Dick begins a wild adventure.
Returning cast members from last year’s Cinderella are Julian Clary as the Spirit of the Bells, Paul Zerdin as Idle Jack and Nigel Havers as Captain Nigel. Clary is a stand-up comedian with a flair for the risque. Zerdin is a ventriloquist who won America’s Got Talent. And Havers is one of the UK’s best loved actors.
Elaine Paige leads 2017’s new cast members. The ‘First Lady of Musical Theatre’ plays Queen Rat. Gary Wilmot returns to the Palladium, following his run in The Wind In The Willows, to play Sarah The Cook, while Ashley Banjo and Diversity play The Sultan and his entourage.
Star of Half A Sixpence, Charlie Stemp takes the title role of Dick Whittington. Emma Williams, his Half A Sixpence co-star, plays Alice Fitzwarren, returning to the London Palladium where she previously starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Lukus Alexander plays Eileen The Cat.
Last year’s Cinderella certainly didn’t do anything by half. WhatsOnStage described it as having “everything you’d want and expect from a panto, but ramped up to the max”. The Stage called it “gloriously excessive” and the Mirror labelled it “a turbo-charged panto of epic proportions”.
If you can gain anything else from last year’s reviews it’s that this is a panto with plenty of jokes designed to get the adults, not the children, whooping. We can’t claim 2016’s was clean, but if you don’t mind a bit of cheeky humour, this is the pantomime for you.
Qdos Entertainment produce Dick Whittington. With a whopping 26 pantomimes under their belt for Christmas 2016, these guys certainly know their panto dames.
Please note that all children entering the theatre must have their own tickets. The London Palladium does not admit babes-in-arms. All children need to be able to occupy their own seat.
Suitable for children aged 5 and over.
Dick Whittington runs at the London Palladium from 9 December 2017 – 14 January 2018.
Map & Location
The London Palladium
8 Argyll St