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Warmly welcomed by the front of house I was ushered into the bar and awaited meeting with Andrew, the director who extended his good wishes and requested we remain to meet the cast later. A refurbished and purpose rebuilt theatre, it was gratifying to see it almost full. Greeted with a relatively simple set which worked very well, the changes as they were, were slick and without much fuss.
London's most gleefully excessive panto returns with a boom. The plot — country boy Dick goes to London to make his fame and fortune and ends up as mayor — quickly disappears beneath mega spectacle. The show arrives at the Palladium on the heels of the Royal Variety Show and feels like a Christmas extension of that.
And don't forget that brute King Rat. Who's out to spoil our every joke. Appearing in a puff of smoke. But never fear, for at the palace Kindness shines through lovely Alice.
Waiting for the opening of this traditional tale of rags to riches, the stage shone out in a blaze of red, blue and gold. From the onset the audience were, with the help of Fairy Bowbells Katrina Bryandrawn in to the story, commencing in Old London, as we were introduced in true pantomime style to the characters around whom the story wove. Dick Whittington is shown on his arrival in London, whilst by the magic of a gauze curtain we see, at the same time, his quest, Queen Rat Joanne Haywood as she bandies words with the Fairy.
And the Palladium strikes pantomime gold this year with Dick Whittington, which looks as if it has been staged with a budget bigger than the GDP for the UK. The smut outdoes the sparkle. Most of both comes courtesy of Claryapparently playing the Spirit of the Bells but mostly just playing himself and delivering a stream of Dick jokes with a louche deadpan twinkle and ever more outlandish costumes.
We were staying nearby and just wanted a cheap and cheerful meal without going to a fancy restaurant - boy did we get a pleasant surprise. We arrived early on a Saturday night but were lucky to get a table most seemed to be reserved - the food was excellent, one of the best meals we have had in a long time, steak and lamb shanks. Staff were attentive and friendly and it seemed like a family friendly place.
It takes maybe another minute to give us a big number purloined from The Greatest Showman we should expect many more between now and Christmas. Dick Whittington is one of the most entertaining festive hotchpotches this Hammersmith theatre has offered since it started presenting them in Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access.
By dallasnews Administrator. The kids didn't need any encouragement to cheer the hero or boo the villainess in Theatre Britain's world premiere production of Dick Whittington on Friday night. The dame is the star that plays to the adults, and James Chandler as Dame Overeasy delivers delicious double entendres to the men in the audience in her over-the-top frock, designed by costumer Tory Padden, with eggs on her apron pockets and a cupcake on her head.