With stunning sets, dazzling costumes, a thrilling live band, and slapstick silliness aplenty, the Yvonne Arnaud theatre has the purr-fect Christmas treat for the whole family, Dick Whittington!

 

The full cast for this year’s pantomime, is a talented troupe, who will join previously announced panto veterans Peter Gordon and Kit Hesketh Harvey, and CBeebies’ James Merry.  Robbie Scott is adventurous Gloucestershire lad Dick Whittington. ArtsEd graduate Robbie Scott’s credits while training include Cats the Musical and Kipps: Half a Sixpence. He also performed at the 2019 Olivier Awards as part of the ArtsEd Choir.

 

Maya Elliott stars as Alice Fitzwarren, a fiery, hardworking shop owner and businesswoman. Maya has appeared in ArtsEd’s productions of Ragtime and Cats the Musical, as well as The BRIT School’s Kiss Me Kate and the British Theatre Academy’s The Color Purple.

 

Tomi the Cat, Dick’s smart and street-wise partner in crime, will be played by Jake Ibelo.  Jake’s credits include King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre); Sweeney Todd and Twelfth Night (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), and Bruce in the RSC’s West End production of Matilda.

 

Elizabeth Rowe is Fairy Bowbells, a friendly fairy who helps Dick along his journey with plenty of songs and sparkles. Actor-musician Elizabeth’s previous credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (New Wolsey Ipswich and Nuffield Southampton); numerous projects at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, and in the brilliantly raucous Oliver! With a Twist! (Leicester Square Theatre).

 

Dick Whittington will be the Yvonne Arnaud’s second pantomime directed by the theatre’s Director and Chief Executive Joanna Read, as the 2020/21 pantomime was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

‘Dick Whittington’s heading to seek his fame and fortune in that there London – he’s heard the streets are paved with gold. But when he gets there he can’t see the gold beneath the grime, and the evil King Rat is out to get him! With his loyal cat by his side will he be able to save the city? He’s going to need a little help from you to win the day.’

Playing from Friday 3 December 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022.

Tickets for Dick Whittington are available now at: www.Yvonne-Arnaud.co.uk.