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Dick Whittington review at Garrick Lichfield

Why change a winning formula? That’s clearly the thinking behind this year’s panto offering at the Garrick, which sees most of the team that made last year’s show a success reunited to dispense another helping of comedy, glitz and glamour. And once again they do it in a style that seems to find favour with young and old alike.

Joanne Malin is a classy Fairy Bow Bells, who narrates part of the story suspended above the stage in a giant bell. But she’s equally at home on the boards, singing and dancing with suitable verve. Family entertainer Barnaby is charged with providing most of the comedy in his role as Idle Jack, and he doesn’t disappoint. His warm personality, easy style and apparent ad-libs soon get the audience on side and he doesn’t let up. There’s plenty of humorous support, too, from Malcolm Boyden as Alderman Fitzwarren and Ian Adams as Sarah the Cook, though most of their gags creak with age. Steve Edwin is a seriously evil King Rat, while Tommy the Cat gets to speak and even has a song, thanks to Dee Tails, under the feline fur. Lavish sets and stylish musical routines complete a dazzling production.

Production Information

Garrick, Lichfield, December 4-January 4

Director/writer
Ian Adams
Producers
Lichfield Garrick, Hiss and Boo
Cast includes
Joanne Malin, Malcolm Boyden, Steve Edwin, Barnaby
Running time
2hrs 30mins
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