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Rats in hats, a Kung Fu kitty and a selfie taking fairy – it’s a traditional tale with some modern twists as Dick Whittington kicks off panto season at the Key Theatre.


Poor boy Dick Whittington of Whittlesey heads off to the big city of London thinking the streets are paved with gold, only to fall foul of nasty underground dweller King Rat.

Fairy Bowbells has high hopes for Dick to become the new Mayor of London but will the villain’s nasty plans prevail? Boo, hiss… of course not!

Especially as Dick’s trusty companion Tommy the cat helps out with his martial arts moves!


There’s no let up as the cast move through the slapstick set pieces, songs and fun at a pace guaranteed to ensure the kids don’t get bored.

A sure sign a panto is doing its job is when the kids are up out of their seats cheering and booing and pointing enthusiastically yelling ‘it’s behind you’ at the top of their voices.


They were certainly on their feet and entering into the spirit of it – along with some equally enthusiastic ‘big kids’ – and your ears will definitely be ringing after this great family night out. It’s an opportunity to leave your inhibitions at the door, relive your childhood and get all that Christmas shopping frustration out of your system!

The Key Theatre’s intimate 360 seat auditorium really comes into its own during panto season. It’s up close and personal and everyone really feels part of the fun. You just can’t help but get involved.


All the traditional panto essentials are covered with plenty of dual level humour appealing to the youngsters on one level and enjoying a whole different meaning for the adults.

It’s the same great multi-talented team who sing, dance and play their own instruments who’ve enjoyed success with three consecutive, record-breaking, sell-out pantos at the Key – Cinderella (2013), Jack and the Beanstalk (2014) and Aladdin (2015).

The original script from acclaimed theatre-maker Brad Fitt has plenty of local references and once again composer Simon Egerton, not only directs but has come up with all the original music and lyrics for the fourth year in a row.

Forget the festive stress and get back to what it’s all about – family time!

Dick Whittington runs through until Sunday January 8, so book now on 01733 207239 or visit for tickets.


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