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Elaine Paige and Ashley Banjo Appearing in Dick Whittington at the London Palladium

Wednesday, 7th Jun 2017  

Dick Whittington - London Palladium

This Christmas audiences will be able to witness another anticipated pantomime as Dick Whittington plays at the London Palladium. It will form a big part of the festive season for the West End, which will also host an array of other shows for younger crowds like The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre and The Gruffalo’s Child at the Lyric Theatre.

Now we have the names of some of those set to star in the production, with Elaine Paige and Ashley Banjo amongst them (the latter appearing alongside his partners in dance group Diversity). The Michael Harrison-directed show will also star Charlie Stemp and Gary Wilmott in lead roles.

Ashley Banjo is known not only for the dance group Diversity but for television shows like Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew, Ashley Banjo’s Big Town Dance, Can’t Touch This and Dance Dance Dance, amongst others, so he will be one of many familiar faces on the stage.

Dick Whittington is, of course, one of the many popular shows that make up the panto repertoire. Based on the famous folklore Dick Whittington And His Cat, it has been produced regularly around the country since the 19th century and, like many pantos, will often feature some big names in lead roles. It is based partly on the real life Richard Whittington, who lived in the 14th century, and his penchant for rattling his cat to achieve success.

The production follows last year’s successful staging of Cinderella at the London Palladium, a venue that has staged many pantomimes over the years and was also the home of many variety acts during its history. It makes this arguably one of the bigger pantomimes in the country this Christmas.

And the casting of Elaine Paige only cements this as she is a musical theatre star with numerous awards to her name. She earned a Laurence Olivier Award back in the 1970s with her performance as Evita at the Prince Edward Theatre and since then she has been nominated for many others, including for Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theatre in the 1990s.

Anyone following the development of Dick Whittington will already know that Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Paul Zerdin will be starring in the production, having being announced earlier in the year, but the further casting news will only add to their excitement.

Dick Whittington runs at the London Palladium from Wednesday 13th December 2017 (previews from Saturday 9th December 2017) to Sunday 14th January 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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