Lighthouse launches pantomime Dick Whittington

Lighthouse launches feelgood family pantomime Dick Whittington

Caption: The Cast of Dick Whittington with Mayor of Poole Sean Gabriel (L-R): Richard Gibson as Alderman Fitzwarren, Katie Arundell as Alice Fitzwarren, Chris Jarvis as Dick Whittington, Sammy Phillips and Tommy the Cat, Mayor of Poole Sean Gabriel, Dereck Walker as Dame Dolly Donuts. Venue: Poole Guildhall © Richard Budd

Culture, Events, Poole | Posted: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 10:19 am | return to news

Lighthouse launches pantomime Dick Whittington

This year’s feelgood Lighthouse pantomime Dick Whittington was officially launched on 12 September, with cast members meeting the Mayor of Poole, Sean Gabriel, at the town’s historic Guildhall.

Lighthouse launches feelgood family pantomime Dick Whittington

Caption:  (L-R): Richard Gibson as Alderman Fitzwarren, Katie Arundell as Alice Fitzwarren, Chris Jarvis as Dick Whittington, Sammy Phillips and Tommy the Cat, Mayor of Poole Sean Gabriel, Dereck Walker as Dame Dolly Donuts. Venue: Poole Guildhall © Richard Budd

Popular children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis, who stars in, directs and writes the pantomime, was joined by members of the cast including Richard Gibson (‘Allo Allo’s Herr Flick – returning to Poole by popular demand) as Alderman Fitzwarren, Katie Arundell as Alice Fitzwarren, Dereck Walker as Dame Dolly Donuts and Sammy Phillips as Tommy the Cat. The line-up is completed by Craig Rhys-Barlow as King Rat and Charlotte Knowles as Fairy Bowbells, accompanied by a supporting cast of dancers and a young company comprising talented local children.

This is the third year running that Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, has co-produced its homegrown pantomime with Duncan Reeves Productions, the company headed by actor and TV presenter Peter Duncan. Dick Whittington follows the success of Aladdin in 2016 and last year’s production of Cinderella.

Audiences at this year’s pantomime will join an adventure with Dick and his acrobatic cat as they journey from Poole to Olde London Town then across the sea, seeking fame and fortune.

Dick Whittington opens at Lighthouse on Friday 7 December with performances up until Christmas Eve.

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