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Pantomime Season Will Soon Be Back - Oh Yes It Will
The sun has barely set on the pantomime season over the course of Christmas 2017 and yet thoughts are already turning to more madcap panto fun at the end of this year. The Lichfield Garrick theatre in Staffordshire has chosen perennial favourite Dick Whittington as its festive family pantomime for 2018. And, following the undoubted success of the Garrick's popular panto shows over the last two years, stars Ben Thornton and Sam Rabone will again be teaming up in Dick Whittington after previously appearing together in both 2016's Sleeping Beauty and last year's thrilling Aladdin. The duo will reunite for the third year in a row after proving a massive hit with the Lichfield theatre audiences over the last two years with their comical timing, wonderfully messy scenes and extravagant costumes which have combined to entertain thousands of patrons both young and old.
Panto lovers are advised to book early for Dick Whittington
Ben Thornton will play the role of Idle Jack in Dick Whittington. He said: "I'm delighted to be back for a third year at the Lichfield Garrick! This place is starting to feel like home for Christmas, a beautiful city to be in for two months and a wonderful theatre. Dick Whittington is a panto I've been lucky enough to have been in before with Evolution Pantomimes so I know the Lichfield audiences are in for a treat." Sam Rabone, who will play Dame Dolly in Dick Whittington, added: "I'm thrilled to be returning to Lichfield in what I believe to be the best of British pantomimes! Dick Whittington is such a great show, and for our slosh fans there's one of THE greatest slosh scenes I've ever watched. What's better than a comedy slosh scene, than one with Ben Thornton as well? I'm over the moon to have my sidekick back for another year, I can't wait to get started. Grab your tickets early - you won't be disappointed!"
Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton in last year's Aladdin. Credit Pamela Raith Photography
Dick Whittington is also the third pantomime at the Lichfield Garrick to be co-produced with Evolution Pantomimes. The story follows Dick and his cat as he travels to London to make his fortune and runs into a host of characters along the way. In usual pantomime style there will be plenty of festive fun for the whole family. Karen Foster, Lichfield Garrick's Executive Director, said: "Our audiences tell us that Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton are the comedy stars of our award winning pantomimes, so I'm absolutely delighted to welcome them back for a third year. Children of all ages have joined Ben's gang during Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin and I hope that they will look forward to the mayhem Ben will bring as Idle Jack in Dick Whittington."
Dick Whittington runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Friday 30 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 www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121. Tickets are already selling fast and early booking is advised. The theatre will be announcing further cast members later in the year.