Ladies and gentleman! Boys and Girls! Listen carefully…what an East-End treat we have for you! The enchanting DICK WHITTINGTON and his trusty cat Tommy return to the heart of London from 1 – 31 December 2015 – and where could possibly be better to shout ‘He’s behind you!’ than in the beautifully restored Wilton’s Music Hall?
The oldest surviving grand music hall in the world, Wilton’s Music Hall will be staging its first traditional family pantomime. Dick will be treading the golden streets of London looking to make his fortune and of course there are dames, baddies, romance, danger and evil rats a-plenty in toe.
For veteran comedian, actor, writer and broadcaster Roy Hudd, it was love at first sight. Having spent decades writing, directing and performing in pantomime, he fell in love with Wilton’s and has written this very special version of Dick Whittington especially for the venue itself. The story will take the audience on a magical voyage from London’s docks to a far-off Sultan’s Palace and back.
Roy, an authority on the history of musical hall entertainment, said: “Together with music hall, pantomime is Britain’s great contribution to the world of popular entertainment. To be part of a true family show in the oldest music hall in Europe is a dream come true.”
Directing is Roy’s wife, Debbie Flitcroft, who readily admits that she’s learnt everything she knows about pantomime from her other half whom she met whilst working on her first ever pantomime at The Theatre Royal Nottingham. This will be her 14th year directing pantomime, but her first guiding her old man. Debbie has hand-picked a stellar cast of season panto performers including; Simon Burbage, Gareth Davies, Nicole Davis , Steven Hardcastle, Amelia Rose Morgan , Ian Parkin & Josh Tevendale. Like Roy, Debbie is bowled over to be working with such a terrific cast at the magical venue that is Wilton’s Music Hall.
The spectacular Dick Whittington will be a delight for all the family this Christmas. So if you’re looking for an alternative to busy high street crowds and want that traditional tingly Christmas feeling, come on down to Wilton’s; get cosy and warm the cockles of your heart, enjoy a tiddly wink or warm cup of mulled wine, gorgeous mince pies and mouth-watering food from Bliss Catering. The sheer magical beauty of Wilton’s music hall will truly encapsulate the festive season.