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Dick Whittington And His Cat review at Lamproom Theatre Barnsley

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Remember when there were rep companies and in late November the actors would get out the pantomime costumes and polish up a script? Well much the same happens at the Lamproom Theatre. Actors appear in Lamproom company shows during the year and then come together for the pantomime.

Peter Foster is the comic heart of this year’s panto, as he has been every year since the theatre opened. He shows how to play Idle Jack without constant shouting and without frantic dashing about. He is calm and softly spoken. He natters with the audience and a mutual affection is developed.

There are many surprises within the comic routines and a fun new contraption. It is a large percussion machine in which Foster sits and is pushed and prodded to make him play the drums.

Dick Whittington is played by Christina Dawson, who impressed in last year’s panto, and she gives the role integrity and enthusiasm. Unfortunately Dean Love’s King Rat is too menacing, too much like one of Batman’s deadly enemies. He needs another dimension to his character.

The dancing at the Lamproom continues to be amongst the very best in pantomimes.

Production Information

Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley, December 11-January 2

Phil Shepherd
The Lamproom Theatre
Cast includes
Peter Foster, Christina Dawson, Dean Love, Jenny Marie Cooper, Ross McCormack, Mark Millar
Running time
2hrs 10mins
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