Stage is set for classic pantomime

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A CLASSIC pantomime has been adapted for the Whitby stage, and the Whitby Gazette has four pairs of tickets for the opening night performance to give away.

Dick Whittington, the story of a boy who heads to London with his cat to make his fortune, has been adapted by the Apollo Players, who will present the panto at the Pavilion Theatre.

Musical director Chris Wales said: “A whole host of colourful characters await Dick as he arrives in London in search of fame and fortune, but it is one person in particular that catches his eye when he meets Alice Fitzwarren.

“King Rat has other ideas as he sets about Dick’s downfall as part of his evil plan to rule the world, but with Fairy Bowbells looking over him and with Tommy his magical cat by his side, he sets out to prove his innocence, realise his dreams and win the hand of Alice.”

This production will be the Apollo Players’ 41st at the Pavilion Theatre and has been penned by the same team who produced the team’s last three pantomimes.

It has been written by Alan Frayn and directed by Dave Masters, with choreography by Francoise Russell, and Mr Wales added: “With tons of foot-tapping songs, plenty of audience participation and bags of laughter, Dick Whittington is sure to prove another hit with Whitby audiences.

“Dazzling costumes, stunning scenery and some amazing special effects await both young and old as pantomime weaves its magical spell.”

Dick Whittington will be playing at Whitby’s Pavilion Theatre between Monday 16 January and Saturday 21 January at 7.15pm, with an additional matinee performance on Sat 21 January at 2.30pm.

Tickets on general sale cost £7 for adults and £6 for children, although matinee tickets cost £8/£7 and there is a special opening night offer where all tickets are £4 each.

Tickets can be booked by calling the Apollo Players’ box office on (01947) 601724 and are available from 3 January at Whitby Library.