Dick Whittington review

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WHEN I went to the pantomime at the Priory Theatre in Kenilworth two years ago, I thought the whole thing was spectacular so I had high hopes for this year’s show, Dick Whittington.

Mark Jefferies was hysterical as the pantomime dame Sarah the Cook, so much so that he really should have his own show. The pie throwing, heckling antics had the audience wanting more of his outrageous performance.

His costumes were brilliant and I am not sure how he managed to get changed so quickly into such large outfits. There’s only one word for it. Bravo.

Its a shame that Alice Fitzwarren played by the sweet Charlotte Jefferies did not have a bigger part, she was a brilliant actress and a fantastic singer.

One character’s talking voice for me overshadowed the perfect performance from the rest of the cast, and that was from Dick Whittington played by Kym Bradley.

I’m not sure if she had first night nerves or if her voice for panto went a bit over the top, but I do have to say Ms Bradleys redeeming feature was her beautiful singing voice.

The story of Dick Whittington and his cat was told really well with fight scenes choreopgraphed brilliantly and the sets were absolutely perfect.

Overall my family and I had a good evening out and was introduced to the festive season with sing-a-long cheer, it had us laughing on a gloomy winter night.

My verdict is that the festive cheer was very definitely achieved.

by Rebecca Jennings

Dick Whittington is on at the Prioriy Theatre in Kenilworth until Monday January 2. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01926 863334.