With the pancake mix barely wiped off your brow, those forward thinking creatives are considering Christmas, and the Exeter Northcott Theatre has announced its 2017 Christmas show will be the traditional family pantomime Dick Whittington.
The show will see a spectacular return to the Exeter Northcott tradition of producing its own pantomimes.
Steve Bennett returns as the Dame, a role he played previously at the Northcott for 14 years, and will be directed by one of the country’s leading pantomime directors, Tony Lidington.
Steve Bennett said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be returning as Dame this Christmas for what will be my 15th Northcott panto! I’ve done panto elsewhere but nothing compares to the Northcott. I really feel like I’m coming home!”
Tony Lidington added “I’m delighted to be working at the Northcott and with such an experienced co-writer and Dame in Steve Bennett.
“I have been creating and producing pantomimes that combine traditional history and conventions with rollicking family entertainment for over 30 years: having created unique, box office-breaking pantomimes for the last 6 years at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal, it is fantastic to be working close to my home in Dawlish!”
With his faithful Puss by his side Dick leaves his Exeter home for the bright lights of London in search of fame and fortune. Follow his adventures as he reaches the big city and travels the high seas. Will Dick find his fortune? Can he and Puss defeat the evil villain King Rat and return home triumphant?
Expect plenty of audience participation, live music, magic, mayhem and lots of laughter – the perfect recipe for a family Christmas panto treat!
Tickets are now on general sale, with a special Earlybird offer, on Friday 10 March and can be bought online at www.exeternorthcott.co.uk or by calling the Exeter Northcott Box Office on 01392 726363.
Dick Whittington is at the Exeter Northcott Theatre from Tue 5 December 2017 – Sat 7 January 2018
(from a press release)