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Critical review The pantomime that I am going to review is Dick Whittington and his cat by Mark Clements The production was held at Derby playhouse and ran from 261102 to 180103 Cast In alphabetical order Alderman FitzwarrenSultan Of MoroccoJohn Branwell Dick WhittingtonAlison Carter King RatPhilip Cox Silly BillyPete Dunwell Alice FitzwarrenHelen Fisher Tommy The CatSuzy Rochford Sarah The CookAdam Stafford Fairy Bow BellsSarah Weymouth From a childs point of view I would say that the performance was fairly successful as the children seemed to enjoy it and participated enthusiastically throughout However pantomime today is as much entertainment for adults as it is children and from an adults point of view I dont believe that the production was quite as successful as it could have been As Veronica Lee says in her review of recent pantomimes Panto has become fun for adults as well as for children Lee 2000 pg 7 Dicks Journey starts when he hears many rumours that the streets of London are paved with gold He decides to go and see for himself if the rumours are true After travelling many miles Dick finally reaches London only to find that the streets are not paved with gold at all Just as Dick and his trusty cat Tommy are about to give up and return back to Gloustershire he gets a job working for Alderman Fitzwarren scaring all the rats away from Cheapside He falls in love with Alice Fitzwarrens daughter and things couldnt seem to get any better for Dick However whilst Dick and Tommy are guarding Fitzwarrens only savings the evil King Rat tricks them Dick is accused of stealing the savings and is banished from London He starts making his way back to Gloustershire when he hears the sound of Bow Bells telling him that he will one day be mayor of London Dick believes this and decides to go back Dick realises that King
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