Story by Charles Hutchinson at The Press
York Theatre Royal’s once-in-a-lifetime pantomime at the National Railway Museum will be fronted by the familiar four once more.
For Dick Whittington (And His Meerkat), the writer, director and dowager dame Berwick Kaler will be re-joined in his 37th year by his dysfunctional panto family: daft Yorkshire lad Martin Barrass, jolly super Suzy Cooper and the villainous David Leonard.
Vincent Gray, Kaler’s “Essex nephew”, will be returning for the first time since 2012’s Robin Hood And His Merry Mam!, while panto regulars “luvverly” Brummie AJ Powell and Pocklington’s own Harry Hughes are back too. Danielle Mullan, Lauren Newton, Jake Lindsay, Charleigh Webb and Jack Lansbury complete the cast.
As ME eats further and further into our lives, and we have to give up so much, this is one family ‘tradition’ I’m clinging onto. We’ve been to this panto for the last 17 years, and long may it continue, with ear plugs at the ready and knowing it’ll be worth the payback !
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