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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford 2003/4

Dick Whittington

“Traditional panto at its best” – Dick follows Jack to the Yvonne Arnaud

Peerless panto principal Bonnie Langford heads an accomplished cast of comedy stars in this year’s traditional family pantomime at the Yvonne Arnaud (Dec 12 – Jan 4).

Bonnie Langford plays ambitious mayoral candidate Dick Whittington, who takes the road to London with nothing but a bag of rags and a loyal cat. Her enemy, the evil King Rat, is played with rodent malice by Sylvester McCoy, the experienced actor and former children’s TV presenter who is best known for taking his turn as Doctor Who (during which time his assistant was one Bonnie Langford).

TV presenter, comedian and writer Paul Hendy takes some time out from helping with the script to laze around as Idle Jack, while the effervescent Fairy Bow Bells is played by eternal favourite Dora Bryan. The voluminous petticoats of Sarah the Cook are filled by Royce Mills, who last year brought the Guildford house down in the acclaimed Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Yvonne Arnaud panto, directed for the third year running by Gerry Tebbutt, continues its tradition of giving students from the Conservatoire of Acting and Musical Theatre their big break by introducing Claire Huckle as Alice Fitzwarren. Graham James and Scott St Martyn also star. The script, as for Jack and the Beanstalk, is written by Peter Denyer, with additional material by Paul Hendy.

There are BSL signed performances on Dec 16 and 30. Dick Whittington is sponsored by Debenhams. General Booking opens on August 19. Box Office is open Mon to Sat 10am to 8pm – call 01483 44 00 00.

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Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and Dora Bryan

Claire Huckle, Natasha and Paul Hendy

Royce Mills

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