Dick Whittington as staged at the Playhouse Theatre is most definitely a Pantomime and a half; going to see it is like being battered by a non-stop fun machine with everything you ever wanted from a pantomime and double it. Linda Lusardi is the effortlessly glamorous and deeply evil King Rat; the boos and hisses at her swaggering entrance could be heard as far away as Bristol and how she revelled in it. Fairy Bowbells her goody two-shoes counterpart was on hand to wave her magic wand deftly done by Collette Stewart, and to issue instructions as to how to greet fellow cast members as they made their entrance.
Idle Jack was anything but idle in the dancing shoes and energetic rabble-rousing form of Derek Moran, and his mother, Sarah the Cook, splendidly coiffured and costumed played by Michael Goble was a laugh a minute, and his deadpan delivery for some reason reminded me of Frankie Howerd which made it even funnier. Lucy Kane is the delightful Alice the love interest of Dick Whittington himself, played handsomely by Daniel Slade, backed up by his world-weary cat, Gareth Davies – an audience member gets to choose the name of the cat and this time it was Kevin which suited him perfectly. As Gareth Davies was quick to point out with a sigh, he is a professional actor, and has a terrific voice which we particularly enjoyed during his solo song.
Alderman Fitzwarren played by Richard Alan was great and pursued his girlfriend Sarah the Cook with relentless vigour. Stand out moments : the slapstick routine at sea between the two of these, the song twelve days of Christmas with the toilet roll chucking, the musical Barbie routine, and somehow when the ship arrived at Benidorm, the audience participation with large bouncy beachballs. We relished it, our sides ached from laughing when we went home – take your children, take your granny, take your girlfriend, take anybody they’ll all love it, and it’s only on until 31st December so get in now!
Dick Whittington runs till 31 December
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