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July 21, 2023

Dick Whittington Cast Announcement!

Harrogate Theatre announces panto cast who will put the wit into Whittington this festive season.

Harrogate Theatre is excited to announce the cast of its pantomime Dick Whittington. Packed with sparkle, silliness, and side-splitting jokes, Harrogate Theatre’s magical pantomime is a seasonal spectacular and we can’t wait to see you for the greatest adventure of them all!

Returning for his 23rd year is the inimitable Tim Stedman bringing laughs a plenty with slapstick and mayhem as he plays Idle Jack. Also making a welcome return to the panto stage as the villain we love to hate is Michael Lambourne as the deliciously evil King Rat. He proved he was bad to the bone as Abbanazar last year and we can’t wait to see what happens this year when he’s feeling ratty!

We’re thrilled to extend a warm Harrogate welcome to three people making their Harrogate Theatre debuts this Christmas. Harry Wyatt will be cooking up mischief as Sarah the Cook, Anna Campkin will delight audiences as Tammy the Cat and Shannon Rewcroft will bring the sparkle to Fairy Bowbells. Shannon will soon be seen in our Studio Theatre in Build A Rocket (Fri 28 July) as this Scarborough talent brings a story from her hometown to our stage.

Finally, we are thrilled to welcome two local actors, Naail Ishaq and Faye Weerasinghe, to play Dick Whittington and Alice Fitzwarren. Having met at St Aidan’s this will be the first time they appear on the Harrogate Theatre stage together, however they are no strangers to the theatre individually. Faye appeared in Full English in 2021 and blew audiences away with her appearances as Angela in Abigail’s Party and Mrs Manningham in Gaslight in the 2022 Rep season. Naail has delighted audiences with his cheeky charm in Harrogate Theatre’s immersive productions of Our Gate and 122 Love Stories and most recently he was the assistant director and understudy on Aladdin. Having started in Harrogate Youth Theatre we’re over the moon to see him take the lead in panto this year. Naail said,

“I feel incredibly grateful to have been part of Harrogate Theatre for so many years and to now play a leading role in a show I have loved for so long is indescribable.”

With the cast in place to send Dick Whittington on the adventure of a lifetime we have an exclusive offer for audiences attending on opening weekend. All bookers to performances on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a private theatre tour with members of the cast in January. This exclusive money can’t buy prize will give you a unique opportunity to meet the cast and see the elaborate sets and costumes close up. So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets to see Dick Whittington now!

Dick Whittington opens on 22 November and runs through to 14 January. With tickets selling fast for weekends and festive dates now is the time to get the best seats with the best value. To book yours  visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or call 01423 502116 Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm.

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