Dick Whittington’s stars come to town to launch this year’s pantomime

Our panto stars brought a touch of early Christmas magic to town on Sunday as they officially launched Dick Whittington, this year’s spectacular family pantomime, with a photo call at the theatre. To book tickets click here

DW panto launch - Phil Gallageher_Bob Golding - photo by Graeme BraidwoodDW panto launch - cast group - photo by Graeme Braidwood








Soap star (and Albert Square resident bad boy) Ricky Champ will be leading the cast as the dastardly King Rat. Children’s favourite Phil Gallagher (Cbeebies’ Mister Maker) takes the role of the lovable Billy. Dame Dolly will be played by top Pantomime Dame, the award-winning Bob Golding, and the magical Fairy Bowbells will be portrayed by stage and screen actress Deborah Tracey.

They were joined at the launch event by Alex Lodge (Book of Mormon, West End) who will be appearing as Dick Whittington, Danielle Rose who plays Alice Fitzwarren and Jessie Adams who takes the part of Tommy the Cat.

DW panto launch - Deborah Tracey by lift wrap - photo by Graeme BraidwoodThis year’s show marks the start of an exciting new partnership with award-winning pantomime producer Evolution Productions, three-time winner of Pantomime of The Year in the Great British Pantomime Awards over the last four years. Evolution Productions is a family business, run by husband and wife Paul Hendy and Emily Wood. They pride themselves in producing exceptional bespoke pantomimes, strong casting and genuinely funny scripts, and with an emphasis on the high quality production values and fantastic effects that Northampton audiences have grown to expect.

Written by Paul Hendy and directed by Emily Wood, Dick Whittington promises to be spectacular, top quality entertainment with lavish sets, and a hilarious script.

Evolution’s Emily Wood, Director and Producer of Dick Whittington added: “After such a challenging year we all need something to cheer us up! Dick Whittington is the classic rags to riches story, and shows us that we can all be heroes! We can’t wait to bring some spectacle, magic and laughter to Northampton this Christmas! It really will be the perfect festive treat for all your family.”

Jo Gordon, Chief Executive at Royal & Derngate added: “We’re really excited to be working alongside Evolution Productions on this year’s spectacular pantomime Dick Whittington! Christmas is a very special time of year and we understand the importance, this year more than ever, of spending time together with your family and loved ones. So we can’t wait to welcome audiences to what promises to be a fantastic and truly magical family adventure!”

Dick Whittington will run from Thu 9 December 2021 to Sun 2 January 2022. For more information and availability click here

Photography by Graeme Braidwood