Dick Whittington opens to sparkling reviews... Oh yes it does!

Friday 4th December 2015

Dick Whittington has burst onto the Playhouse stage in an explosion of colour, song, dance and glitter, and has been named one of The Guardian’s five best pantomimes for Christmas 2015.

Find out what the critics thought from right here…

“Kenneth Alan Taylor has sprinkled gold dust on an age-old tale”

The Nottingham Post review also comments that “the complex, colourful sets are anything but backdrops and transport us to another world in a show which simply flies by.”

“Panto- tastic… Bright, inventive and musically uplifting” ★★★★★

East Midlands Theatre awards the panto five stars and says “you will go home with a huge grin on your face and aching sides from an evening full of laughter and joy.”

“Do go; you’ll feel the better for it!”

Theatre World praises Kenneth Alan Taylor’s script – “the dialogue is witty, its structure lends the plot shape and direction, and the well-known story-line is kept fresh through inventive variations.

“Thoroughly entertaining fun for the whole family” 9/ 10

ItsMuchMore applauds Tim Frater’s performance, he “takes the role [of Dick Whittington] to vibrant height with his infectious charisma.”

“Warm-hearted and energetic”

The Stage comments that “the design is fantastic… the show looks lovely, has good humour and heart, and the band, under John Morton’s direction, excels.”

“Another belter of a pantomime”

Left Lion says “John Elkington certainly knows how to deliver a punch line… heaps of audience participation, riotous laughter, toe-tapping music and a warmth from the cast that is infectious. The kids will love it.”

“A five star night to remember”

Nottingham Live/Pearlie Pumpkin describe how “there is no better way to kick off the festive season than with an expertly written, directed and performed panto…”

“Authentic Pantomime” 4/5

Platform Magazine said that “when Elkington got going, I honestly felt like I was watching a panto Peter Kay.

“Everything you would wish for in a pantomime” 8/10

Impact Magazine writes that our festive tradition “has a comforting atmosphere of festive community.”

Dick Whittington runs at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday 16 January. Don’t miss this festive treat for the whole family…

Production photography by Robert Day.