Behind the Arras was honoured to attend a preview of this year’s pantomime, “Dick Whittington” at the Lichfield Garrick.
Local actor Sam Rabone, who hails from Streetly, is now not only the Dame, but also this year, for the first time, the Director for the show. Appearing for his third consecutive year, he should be able to find the stage door without directions and have a cheap taxi fare home. He is fitting this year’s pantomime between directing children’s shows in Dubai.
The cast includes Katrina Bryan (CBeebies), and Ben Thornton, the show is written by Paul Hendy (Evolution Pantomimes), and produced by the same team behind the Lichfield Garrick’s smash hit pantomimes, “Aladdin” and “Sleeping Beauty”.
Children’s television star Katrina Bryan stars as Fairy Bowbells, Joanna Hayward is her nemesis as Queen Rat. Katrina, is best known for playing Nina in the hit CBeebies series “Nina and the Neurons”, She has recently finished filming in Scotland for a new CBeebies family drama series called” Molly and Mack” about an 8 year old girl called Molly and her brother Mack, who is 18. The series is all about Molly’s fun adventures with Mack, her friends, and the eccentric but loving group of adults – one of whom is played by Katrina – who run the stalls in an indoor community market. It is due to be showing round about the time “Dick Whittington” is playing at Lichfield.
The Garrick pantomime is rightly now a Christmas institution in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and beyond, always funny, quick paced and suitable for all the family.
“Dick Whittington” runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Thursday 29 November to Monday 31 December 2018, with a variety of schools, matinee and evening performances. Prices start from £15 for children and £19.50 for adults and can be booked online at http://www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.