Panto season is well and truly under way with the imminent arrival of Dick Whittington and His Cunningly Clever Cat - with Harry Potter star Chris Rankin.
The popular British folk tale will step into the spotlight at Retford’s Magestic Theatre in the new year.
It tells of a poor boy in the 14th century who becomes a wealthy merchant and eventually the Lord Mayor of London because of the ratting abilities of his cat.
Producer Jamie Marcus, of Jamie Marcus Productions, said he was delighted to be returning to Retford again, having brought Sleeping Beauty to the Magestic Theatre stage last year.
“I am really excited coming back to Retford with this year’s professional panto,” he added.
“We have an incredible cast, including Harry Potter star Chris Rankin, aka Percy Weasley, who plays an animated King Rat!”
“As well as having the CGI sequences with Chris, this panto has all the well known elements that make a truly traditional and very funny production for both adults and children alike.”
“The production includes well known songs, a beautiful cat, Tommy, a great cast and Trax FM’s morning presenter, Mike Bargh who plays a very funny Sultan of Morocco.”
“Seeing is truly believing!”
The actor behind pompous Percy Weasley, Chris Rankin has just finished filming the final Harry Potter film which is due for release next summer, as well as filming his sequences for this production.
He said: “I have played King Rat on many occasions in panto but never as an animation!”
“Due to the filming of both the Harry Potter film and Dick Whittington, I have had a tight schedule to fit both roles in but I am delighted that Retford audiences will see me in this stunning panto.”
“The production also includes a brilliant CGI underwater sequence which I am sure audiences will love.”
Also starring is Retford born, Dan Baker, who takes up the role of the deliciously delectable Sarah The Cook.
Julie Fox returns from last year’s production of Sleeping Beauty, as the evil Queen Rat.
“Audiences at The Majestic theatre last year were great!” she added. “I enjoy playing evil characters and I remember being booed off the stage at every performance!”
“I can’t wait to start the mayhem again this January!”
Can Dick defeat the evil Queen Rat, win the heart of the beautiful Alice Fitzwarren and find his ‘streets paved with gold’?
To find out you can book tickets through www.majestictheatre.co.uk or by calling (01777) 706866.
Dick Whittington runs from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th January at The Majestic Theatre, Retford. Tickets are £9.50 for children, £10.50 for adults and family tickets are available at £35.
School discounts also available.