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Dick Whittington strides into Northampton’s Royal & Derngate this festive season

Ely King takes a look at the first pantomime at the Royal & Derngate since lockdown

Described by the cast as ‘uplifting, family-friendly fun’, this year’s highly-anticipated Christmas pantomime promises to be a showstopper.

Dick Whittington is a rags-to-riches tale and follows the life of poor merchant Dick, who heads to London to seek fame and fortune. 

Originally planned for 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic, this celebration of boisterous buffoonery in the form of a classic pantomime is what everyone needs to feel revived and regenerated this festive season.

Played by Alex Lodge (Book of Mormon), Dick Whittington is a lovable rogue who travels to London with his cat Tommy, played by Jessie Adams.

Jessie Adams by Ely King

Along the way, he falls in love with Alice Fitzwarren, played by Danielle Rose and bumps into the joyous Fairy Bowbells portrayed by actress Deborah Tracy (Doctors, Patient Zero).

Soap star Ricky Champ (Eastenders, Game of Thrones) portrays despicable baddie King Rat alongside BAFTA nominated performer Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) as the loveable Billy.

Every great pantomime has to have a fabulous Dame and Dick Whittington is no exception, with the hilarious award-winning Bob Golding (Morecambe) performing as Dame Dolly.

This pantomime celebrates love and friendship in a time we need it more than ever, with a fantastically funny script written by Paul Hendy and directed by Emily Wood of Evolution Productions.

Danielle Rose by Ely King

Situated in the Derngate theatre, Dick Whittington will be performed from Thursday 9th December 2021 until Sunday 2nd January 2022.

Amongst these dates is a special relaxed performance on Friday 31st December at 1pm for all, alongside several specialised signed, captioned and audio-described shows.

Tickets, and more information are available here but be quick, it’s sure to be a hit!

Words and pictures by Ely King

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