OUR FESTIVE SHOW FOR 2022/23 IS OUR PANTOMIME VERSION OF
The Garrick Pantomime Paved With Gold!
Dick Whittington’s heading to that there London to seek his fame and fortune – he’s heard the streets are paved with gold! With his trusty cat by his side, he gets a job at Alderman Fitzwarren’s Store but the city is under attack from the most villainous vermin of them all; King Rat!
With the help of his new love Alice, Fairy Bow Bells, Sarah the Cook and her silly son Idle Jack, will Dick be able to vanquish the vermin?
Oh Yes he will! For this is a Garrick Pantomime after all!
Book now for this purrfect Christmas treat – it’ll be a Whitting-tonne of fun!
Rick Bowen at Stagestruck
ALL good pantos live or die by their leads and in Conor Collins, who plays King Rat,
the Garrick has an actor born to be a baddie.
When I saw this. on its freezing cold opening night, Collins managed to provoke the
audience into booing and hissing him with little effort on his part every time he
Even big kids like me couldn’t resist the temptation to join in, even though us critics
are meant to be a snooty, buttoned up bunch.
At the other end of the spectrum there are the goodies. Ethan Beer as Dick and
Hannah Dorothy as the evening’s love interest, Alice Fitzwarren.
Unless you’ve had a sense of humour bypass you’ll find it impossible not to warm to
Phil Edwards as Sarah the Cook and there’s a kooky bond between this panto
natural and Daniel Ellis who plays his son, Idle Jack.
I also really also enjoyed Bev Stuart Cole’s Fairy Bow Bells as the action careers
towards it climax. It’s hard to believe Cole has been a member at this theatre for
more than 30 years, so fresh and invigorating is her performance.
Tom Whalley’s script is a mixture of daft dad jokes and a healthy smattering of
saucier lines which are aimed obviously at the adults and are sure to go over the
heads of the kids.
Pantos are a great way to introduce children to the theatre and there was dancing in
the aisle during the musical numbers in the second half, courtesy of a group of tots
who’d made it their mission to have a good time.
Also, how good it was to escape from the pressures of modern life and enjoy an
evening of unbridled fun.
Until January 2. Tickets are available from 0161 928 1677 or
Photos by Martin Ogden.
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