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Dick Whittington and his Cat, 2018

This year, the hottest ticket in town at South Hill Park is our sell-out 2018 pantomime Dick Whittington…

How about a trip along London’s golden-paved streets in South Hill Park’s magical and festive production of the classic Dick Whittington and his Cat.

Join Dick Whittington and his Cat on their daring journey through the streets of London to seek fame and fortune. Will the streets be paved with gold? Will he defeat the dastardly King Rat? Will he win the hand of the lovely Alice? Join us at the Wilde Theatre to experience this sparkling production filled with music and mayhem.

South Hill Park’s critically acclaimed in-house pantomime is filled with magic and laughter. This year sees the welcome return of Bracknell’s favourite dame Brad Clapson along with the director behind Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, Adam Stafford. The script for this year’s production is being lovingly crafted by writer Joyce Branagh (sister of South Hill Park patron Sir Kenneth Branagh).

This show will be filled with cheers for dazzling dames, boos for rotten rogues, fun and escapades galore as Dick and his friends set out on their adventure. This lesson in friendship, ambition and kindness is the perfect end to the winter. South Hill Park’s sparkling production of Dick Whittington and his Cat is not to be missed!

With fan favourite Brad Clapson returning as Sally South Hill. South Hill Park present their most festive pantomime yet.

The show runs from Friday 30 November 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019. Extra performances have been added!

For more information, click here. Book your tickets online or through the Box Office (01344 484 123).

Ticket Prices

Performance band A: £21.50, Conc £19.50, Family £74, Group 16+ £15.50pp

Performance band B: £19.50, Conc £17.50, Family £66, Group 16+ £13.50pp

School prices, early bird prices: £10.00 plus 1 in 10 free.

NB: Family ticket = 2 adults and 2 children

For Group/School bookings please call the Box Office to book your tickets on 01344 484123.

Babies under 12 months go free if you hold your child during the performance. If you wish to leave your baby in its carrier seat you will need to purchase a ticket.

Special Performances

ADULT ONLY Performances – Strictly over 18yrs only
Thu 13, Fri 14, Thu 20 Dec and Fri 4 Jan at 7pm. Children under 18yrs are NOT permitted to attend this performance. Family and child tickets are not available for ADULT ONLY performances.

British Sign Language Signed Performance
Sat 8 Dec 2pm

‘Relaxed’ Performance
Tue 4 Dec at 4.30pm will be a relaxed performance where the house lights are left low, pyrotechnics and sound levels reduced.

A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to, and accepting of, audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, people living with dementia, parents with very young children on their first outing to the theatre, and anyone with sensory and communication disorders or people with learning disabilities.

Cast Biographies

Michael Ayiotis as Dick Whittington

Michael has been a regular South Hill Park performer for a number of years, with starring roles in in Seussical (2017), Madagascar (2018) and Private Peaceful (2018). Michael is thrilled to be making his pantomime debut in Dick Whittington And His Cat.

 

Rebecca Ayres as Tabby the Cat

Rebecca trained at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and graduated with BA (Hons) in Acting. Theatre credits include: Animalphabet The Musical (UK Tour & Edinburgh Festival 2017); Lady Windermere in Lady Windermere’s Fan (UK Tour); Finding Alice (UK Tour); Yegor Agapenov & Moliere in Black Snow (Moscow Art Theatre); plus leading roles in Snow White (The Wilde Theatre); Rapunzel The Musical (UK Tour). Rebecca has also spent time travelling the world as a Lead Vocalist on board AIDA and most recently appeared as Facilitator/Understudy Sam in Teletubbies Live (UK premiere and tour) Workshop credits include Christine Keeler in Profumo The Musical (Palladium Theatre). Also a singer / songwriter; Rebecca regularly gigs in and around London.

Shani Cantor as Fairy Bowbells

Training; Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Credits include; Diana in Boys in the Buff (King’s Head Theatre), Saskia in Fatbusters the Musical (Park Theatre), Ensemble in Finian’s Rainbow (Union Theatre), Lead Vocalist in Elvis the King of Rock and Roll (China Tour), Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington (The Pavilion, Gorleston), Waitress/Dancer in TUI Commercial.

Shani is represented by Russell Smith Associates.

Brad Clapson as Sally South Hill

Brad is so happy to be returning to his hometown and his favourite theatre! He is very happy to wield his wooden rolling pin and play Sarah the Cook… His Dad is very proud!  Brad’s acting credits include: Cockatoo in the UK Tour of AnimAlphabet (Hit the Mark Productions), Ugly Sister in Cinderella (South Hill Park Arts Centre & Theatre), Man 3 in Putting it Together, Hobby in Teechers (Blackeyed Theatre Company), Wishee Washee in Aladdin (South Hill Park Arts Centre & Theatre), Swing Singer in Swingin’ in Slippers (The Hideaway), Lead Male Singer in Keep Smiling Through (Waterloo East/Edinburgh Festival) and Narrator/Cabaret Act in Le Ronde – A New Gay Musical (Homo Promos). Choreography Credits include: Oz Revisted and Oliver! (South Hill Park Arts Centre & Theatre), SHOUT! The Mod Musical (Hit the Mark Productions) and Movement Director for Ben Hur (Reading Rep). Brad is also the Artistic Director for Omni Theatre – omnitheatre.co.uk

John Conway as Alderman Fitzwarren

Training: Drama Studio London

After being raised on Gilbert & Sullivan and many of the standards of musical theatre, John’s experience includes many genres of theatre, films, cabaret, a turn on a unicycle, juggling and much more. Theatre credits include: Professor Marvel/The Wizard (The Wizard of Oz,Trinity Theatre), Karloff Menace (Goosebumps Kids, The Vaults Waterloo), Dr Watson (The Hound of the Baskervilles Tour), Dr Harvey (Punk Rock, Tristan Bates). Film work includes: Walking on Sunshine (Max Giwa/Dania Pasquini), The World’s End (Edgar Wright) and The Butterfly Beat (Doug Hewett).

Faye Ellen as Alice Fitzwarren

Since graduating from Italia Conti Arts Centre in 2013 Faye’s work has included; Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (Epsom Playhouse), Natalie in Next to Normal (New Wimbledon Theatre), Princess So Shi in Aladdin (The Palace Theatre), Amanda Feelgood in Feelgood Academy (Stratford Circus) and Lead vocalist for P&O. Faye is represented by Russell Smith Associates and was thrilled to play the part of Belle in Beauty & the Beast last Christmas. Enjoy the show!

Matthew Houston as King Rat

Matthew has trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has since, worked on screen (The Coroner and Casualty) and onstage (Trying to Find Chinatown). In 2017 Matthew received the Best International Actor award at Seoul WebFest for his role in the multi-award winning comedy series Darren Has a Breakdown.

Praise for our Pantos

South Hill Park’s pantomimes have gained a reputation by both critics and audience members as high-quality, high-energy productions, with an enthusiastic cast and creatives, as well as entertaining scripts, catch tunes and spectacular sets.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

‘From the raising of the curtain […] you just know you are in for another fun-filled feast of festive family fun.’ Maidenhead Advertiser

South Hill Park has delivered a family show that the youngsters will love and help make their Christmas magical.’ Wokingham Paper

Cinderella (2016)

‘The effervescent production of Cinderella showing at South Hill Park was full of vim and verve, with a very effective feel-good factor that had the audience in raptures.’ Henley Standard

 ‘…this year’s Cinderella continued to impress with a very enjoyable, high quality must-see family panto that we’ve come to expect.’ Maidenhead Advertiser

 ‘This is a solid pantomime buoyed by its vibrancy, which never wavers.’ The Stage

Sleeping Beauty (2015)

‘It’s a festive phenomenon! I don’t know how they do it, but do it they do! South Hill Park’s panto is once again a brilliant, fun packed family seasonal showstopper.’ Windsor Express

‘Another fab and funny show for families at South Hill Park… certainly one to watch.’ Get Reading

‘The standard of the pantos at the Wilde Theatre have always been high over the years, but ‘Sleeping Beauty’ has raised the bar…’ Maidenhead Advertiser

Aladdin (2014)

‘…they provided chuckles aplenty in an evening in which the whole cast provided as much festive fun, music, dance and magic that you could wish for.’ Maidenhead Advertiser

‘Audiences can expect one of the most original shows in all of panto land…’ Get Reading

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