There is nothing like a panto dame: Dick Whittington heading to Rugby Theatre - The Rugby Observer

There is nothing like a panto dame: Dick Whittington heading to Rugby Theatre

Rugby Editorial 12th Jan, 2017   0

THE HEARTWARMING rags-to-riches tale of Dick Whittington will be this year’s family panto at Rugby Theatre.

The show, which opens on Friday (January 13), features adventure, songs, dance, laughs and slapstick, as well as a dastardly villain and a loveable dame.

And there will be a special performance for a group of young people and their families and friends, as the theatre is giving the Rugby Autistic Network a sneak preview of the show.

Marketing director Nicky Main explained: “We were approached by the organisation’s secretary, Joanne Willis, who told us how simple things like a trip to the theatre were often difficult for people from the group.

“We said we’d be glad to help in any way we could, and offered to stage an exclusive performance for them at the final dress rehearsal.”

Director Emma Bright will be helming her first panto, having appeared in many at Rugby Theatre over the years.

Emma said: “Being on this side of things has been a real eye-opener, and I’m really lucky to have been blessed with such a wonderfully talented and supportive cast, and to be joined by the Carrie Bianco Dance School’s fabulous pupils.”

Among those starring is Michele Goode in the title role, fresh from her success playing Rita in the summer’s hit musical Made in Dagenham.

Alongside her is another Made in Dagenham favourite, John Tweddle, who played union convener Monty.

John, who made his debut as Tony in West Side Story 25 years ago, has played a variety of character roles while treading the boards at the Henry Street venue – but will be tackling the role of pantomime dame for the first time.

He said he was thoroughly looking forward to getting on the make-up, wig and outrageous costumes to play Sarah the Cook.

He said: “We’ve had so much fun in rehearsal, and it’s an honour to be given the responsibility of playing the dame.”

The show opens to the public on Friday (January 13) for a 13-performance run, with the final show at 5.30pm on Sunday January 22.

Visit or call 01788 541234 for more information.


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