Purrfect new year panto fun at Watlington

Watlington Players cast members visited Cats Protection at Downham ' the charity being supported by the society ' and pictured are, from left, Tiddles (Rebecca Field), Alderman Fitzwarren (Steve Brooks), Alice (Georgia Steer), Dick (Amy Thorpe) and Dame Sarah (Tom Powell).
Watlington Players cast members visited Cats Protection at Downham ' the charity being supported by the society ' and pictured are, from left, Tiddles (Rebecca Field), Alderman Fitzwarren (Steve Brooks), Alice (Georgia Steer), Dick (Amy Thorpe) and Dame Sarah (Tom Powell).
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Are you still in the festive spirit? Watlington Players have a treat in store in this panto season with a production of the classic Dick Whittington, featuring well-known characters and furry appearances!

This opens at Watlington Village Hall on Thursday, January 7, and continues on Friday (8th) and Saturday (9th) nightly at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.

Directed by Mike Cooke, Dick Whittington is a fun, traditional pantomime for all the family.

King Rat is threatening to take over London and only the penniless but brave Dick Whittington and his trusty feline sidekick, Tiddles, can stop the rodent’s quest for domination!

Aided by the magic of a very cockney Spirit of London, the more down to earth and questionable ‘help’ of his mother, Dame Sarah, and his loyal but brainless pal, ‘Barrow Boy’ Billy, Dick’s adventure takes him from the East End of London to distant tropical shores before the final

showdown with the villainous King Rat and his henchrats, Nip and Tuck!

Along the way he attempts to win the hand of the lovely Alice, daughter of the bumbling Alderman Fitzwarren and foil the plot of the mysterious, piratical Long John Tin Foil.

Will the hero triumph over these adversities, become Lord Mayor and live happily ever after? You’ll have to find out for yourself!

Tickets for the show are £8, £6 for concessions and £5 for children. You can book tickets online by visiting the online box office at www.watlingtonplayers.com; if you wish to pay by cash or cheque, call the box office between 6-7pm on 0845 052 9645. Tickets can be reserved for a week.

The cast have been to visit Cats Protection at Downham, the charity that is being supported by the society. The Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity, making it an ideal match for this year’s purrfect pantomime.

More information about the Cats Protection can be found at www.downhammarket.cats.org.uk.