We love Panto and heading to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre during this festive period is something we totally enjoy doing, after attending last year’s box office smash hit Robin Hood and the Babes in the wood, we were wondering what this year’s show was going to offer us. The show will be the seventh consecutive rock ‘n’ roll panto at the Gatehouse Theatre and will run until the 6th January. In a gist, the panto provides a hilarious version of the traditional tale with a rock ‘n’ rolling rollercoaster of an adventure story with Dick Whittington and his trusty friend Tabby the cat dance and sing their way through London in search of fame, fortune, and Rock ‘n’ Roll, while attempting to outwit the evil King Rat and catch the eye of beautiful Alice.
What we thought
The character of the Town Mayor was played by Spanish Actor Jofre Alsina who you would never know wasn’t from aristocratic London! Each of the characters, as in a lot of Pantos, had their time to shine, and other characters including the Revolting Rat King Rat played by Tomas Wolstenholme, Tabby cat, his arch enemy and Dick Whittington’s trusty companion!! Played by CiCi Howells (who was a favourite of my daughter – she also loved the Dame because of how funny she was), and Billy Bungalow, played by Guy Freeman who is a comic character who would like to win the affection of the lead Alice – I thought he was hilarious and got some of the biggest laughs on stage. And not forgetting the final three characters, the traditional or not so traditional Panto fairy – called Fairy Bow Bells, played by Lana Walker and two crucial musical characters Rat Scurvy, Mike Sadler and Rat Smallpox, Patrick Burbridge. All in all it was a fantastic night, our children loved it! They were so keen not to miss anything that every toilet break during the performance involved running!! And as adults the Panto was filled with great innuendo that bypassed the children completely but had the adults looking at each other in hysterics. The music for me really made it a different kind of Panto and I actually loved it and not being a traditional Panto lover I could actually see myself looking out next year for another one like this.
|Max Runham||Dick Whittington|
|Peter Manchester||Sarah the cook (The Dame)|
|Guy Freeman||Billy Bungalow|
|Tomas Wolstenholme||King Rat|
|Jofre Alsina||Alderman Fitzwarren|
|Patrick Burbridge||Rat Smallpox|
|Mike Slader||Rat Scurvey|
|Lana Walker||Fairy Bow Bells/Rat Scrofula|
|CiCi Howells||Tabby the Cat|
When is Dick Whittington Showing?
The show opened on Friday, 7 December 2018 and run until Sunday, 6 January 2019 with show timings on their website.
How much are the tickets and how do I book them?
Adult £20.00, Concession £15.50, Family Ticket £66 There will also be a few adults-only performances (19 December, 2 and 3rd January 2019). Tickets £17.50.
How can I book the panto tickets?
Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting their website here.
Where is Stafford Gatehouse Theatre?
Stafford Gatehouse is an old Victorian theatre for professional and amateur shows, including Shakespeare and children’s plays. In 2007, the Borough Hall was reopened as Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, by his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester. The Borough Hall was originally opened on 20 June 1877 and the building once housed Stafford Borough Council.
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Tel: 01785 619080
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Review by : Lex Ward
*We were given tickets to watch the show. All opinions are our own