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Pantomime about a boy and his cat who set off to London to make their fortune - usually with Dick's Brother (Idle Jack) and mother - there they usually meet Baron Fitzwarren and sail away to seek treasure. In some versions King Rat goes with them to steal the treasure, in others they reach a land infested with rats where they haven't heard of cats and Dick does a deal, returning home rich he becomes Lord Mayor of London. Based extremely loosely on a real person (Richard Whittington, 1350 to 1423), there is a statue of the cat outside the Whittington Hospital in North London where Dick is supposed to have heard the bells say "Turn again Whittington, Lord Mayor of London" as he trudged away from the city. First recorded panto on this theme was in 1814. Running time: approx 2hrs 30mins

Performers Joanna Riding (Dick), Steve Elias (Sarah the Cook), Alexia Khadime (Alice), Tony Whittle (Fitzwarren), Darren Hart (Idle Jack), Kat B (King Rat), Rina Fatania (Fairy Bowbells), Stephen Emery (Puss), Bradley Cumberbatch (Bobo), Charlotte Griffiths (Maia the Mermaid), Leon Sweeney.
Presented by Hackney Empire. Author Susie McKenna. Music Steven Edis. Design Lotte Collett.

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington (Panto) production archive for QTIX code T1882118864. Details of all Dick Whittington archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S5912

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4 Dec 12
6 Jan 13
Hackney Empire
Outer London
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