Panto Stars visit Coombe Abbey for Afternoon Tea!
Stars of the Belgrade Theatre pantomime visited Coombe Abbey last week to launch this year’s festive extravaganza, Dick Whittington! Dame Sarah the Cook and Idle Jack sampled Coombe Abbey’s award-winning Afternoon Tea with specially invited guests, who got a flavour of what to expect from the 2016 panto!
This year’s title, Dick Whittington, will be an enchanting tale of fame and fortune, heroes and villains, cats and rats for all the family. With all the hallmarks of a typical Belgrade panto, Dick Whittington will feature sing-a-long songs, amazing sets and extravagant costumes.
Join Dick on his quest for fame and fortune and to see if the streets of London really are paved with gold. It’s the beginning of an exciting adventure. Can Dick find love, can his faithful cat rid London of Queen Rat and her hordes of little rats and will his dream of becoming Mayor of London ever come true?
As ever, Dick Whittington will be written and directed by Coventry panto legend Iain Lauchlan who will also be starring as Dame Sarah the Cook in his 22nd pantomime at the Belgrade Theatre! Over his 40 year career in the entertainment industry, Iain has worked on many dramas and television series including BBC’s Playschool for eight years; the very successful Fingermouse series; BBC Playdays, Storytime and Fun Song Factory but is perhaps best known as the writer of the BAFTA award-winning children’s television series, The Tweenies.
Also returning to the stage will be Craig Hollingsworth as comedy character, Idle Jack and Declan Wilson as Alderman. The theatre also welcomes back Anna Mitcham who appeared in the Belgrade’s 2010 pantomime Cinderella and will be playing the role of Fairy Bow Bells.
Joining them on stage will be Tricia-Adele Turner as Dick Whittington, Becky Stone as the Cat and Kelly Agredo as Alice Fitzwarren. Actress Melone M’Kenzy will also be playing Queen Rat, breaking from the traditional role of King Rat, with Matthew Brock and Eden Dominique as her evil minions, Scratch and Sniff!
Completing the line-up is a talented cast of 24 local performers aged 9-16 who successfully auditioned to be part of the pantomime. The 24 young performers successfully auditioned for a role in this year’s festive pantomime earlier this year attracting young talent from Coventry, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Hinckley and Tamworth. Together they make up the production’s three teams of pantomime chorus.
Dick Whittington will run on the Main Stage from Weds 23 Nov 2016 – Sat 7 Jan 2017 and follows on from last year’s hugely successful pantomime Beauty and the Beast which saw record-breaking sales. This year promises to be even bigger and more spectacular than ever before!