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Dick Whittington in Rehearsal

It’s nearly time for the curtain to rise on Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds’ annual traditional family pantomime, this year Dick Whittington. The cast have been assembled and are now well into their rehearsal schedule, being put through their paces by Director Karen Simpson, Co-Director David Whitney, Choreographer Julia Cave and Musical Director Ward Baker.

The title role is played by Jessica Spalis. Jessica has previously played panto at Theatre Royal as the lead in Aladdin and we are thrilled she is returning again this year. As the lovely Dame Winona Whittington, who you may have already spotted around town on various banners and posters, is Chris Clarkson. Playing Sir Reginald Ratfiend will be Tom Roberts who will have to expect a fairly bad reception for playing the villain!

Starring as the magical godmother Fairy Pearl is Sarah Lawn and as the hero’s love interest Alice Fitzwarren is Tessa Kadler. Playing a double role as the twin brothers Francis & Ferdinand Fitzwarren is Nigel Lister. It should be a delight to see how he handles two very different characters in one show.

As Dick’s faithful sidekick Tommy the Cat is Corey Cross. Corey is a keen dancer so this cat is definitely going to have some moves! Lastly the villain’s henchman Nibbles is being played by Nerine Skinner.

You’ll have to move quickly if you want to secure seats for the performances leading up to and around Christmas, the best availability is now the first week of December and the last two weeks of the run in early January. There are also a few seats left for the very special Gala performance on Sun 10 Dec at 2pm, move extra fast if you want those!

Dick Whittington runs at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds from Fri 1st Dec ’17 – Sun 14th Jan ‘18. 

Tickets: £27.50-£8.50 (£39-£15.50 for the Gala) and are available from the Box Office on 01284 769505, online at www.theatreroyal.org or you can pop in and say hello in person.