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Review: All the treats of family panto

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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Dick Whittington and His Cat Salisbury Playhouse

This was panto on a roller-coaster ride right the way through the performance. Gorgeous costumes, live music, song, cockney rhyme, a Dame to die for, evil King Rat, a guerrilla behind you and a scene from the Titanic.

This Playhouse production, directed obviously with much pleasure by Joyce Branagh, sees Dick head to a cheese shop in London with his cat Tabby, and what follows is a host of inventive puns and gags, which scatter across the audience like confetti.

And does the audience get invited and join in the fun?

Oh yes they do!

Kiernan Buckeridge (Mrs Whittington) is a joy to watch with outrageous costumes and up-to-the minute jokes, including one for the pensioners, of which there were many with their grandchildren. Kiernan, and Tim Treslove (Alderman Fitzwarren) have this knack of engaging those watching to come in the raucously scenes from the first few seconds of appearing.

Tabby the Cat (Ella Vale) and Fairy Bowbelle (Gemma Wardle), with their beautiful voices just add the magic to equal the boos for King Rat (Richard Hurst), who plays a blinder here for the youngsters.

Dick Whittington (Tom Oakley) and Alice (Laura Matthews) provide the loving duo to everybody with their twinkling eyes. All happiness right through to the final curtain, with the adorable young performers from the Red Leicesters and Blue Stiltons.

If you can get tickets you're on to a good 'un here.

Runs until Saturday January 11.

Steve Kemp

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