The annual Pantomime is arguably the biggest event in any theatrical calendar, this year Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds are staging a production of Dick Whittington and the theatre have just announced the cast.
Taking on the title role Dick Whittington is Jessica Spalis. Jessica has previously played panto at Theatre Royal as the lead in Aladdin. As the lovely dame Winona Whittington, who was sighted last week in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, is Chris Clarkson. Chris has been a highlight of previous pantomimes at Theatre Royal and has played dame for many other theatres.
The story’s villain Sir Reginald Ratfiend will be played by a newcomer to the Theatre Royal, Tom Roberts.
Starring as the magical godmother Fairy Pearl is Sarah Lawn. As the hero’s love interest Alice Fitzwarren is Tessa Kadler. This show will be amongst Tessa’s first professional productions having just recently graduated from Guildford School of Acting. Playing a double role as the twin brothers Francis & Ferdinand Fitzwarren is Nigel Lister. It should be a delight to see how he handles two very different characters in one show.
Dick’s faithful sidekick Tommy the Cat is Corey Cross. A keen dancer who has given his energy to many a performance including X-Factor, Comic Relief and Children In Need, this cat is definitely going to have some moves! Lastly as the villain’s henchman Nibbles is Nerine Skinner. Nerine has most recently been working with a close friend to create a stand-up comedy duo who have taken two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in recent years.
This traditional style family pantomime is an in-house production by Theatre Royal and runs between Fri 1 Dec and Sun 14 Jan. There is a BSL interpreted performance Wed 13 Dec at 2pm and a relaxed performance Fri 12 Jan 2018 1:30pm, please see the website for full details of both.
Applications for Dick Whittington Young Chorus open on Wednesday 30th August, please visit www.theatreroyal.org for more information.