Elaine Paige, Ashley Banjo, Gary Wilmot, and Charlie Stemp join cast of Dick Whittington

Elaine Paige, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Gary Wilmot and Charlie Stemp join Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin and Nigel Havers in the cast of Dick Whittington, playing for a strictly limited five-week festive run at the London Palladium from Saturday 9 December 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018.

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Elaine Paige will star as Queen Rat


Multi-award-winning actor, producer, and broadcaster Elaine Paige returns to pantomime after more than 50 years to play Queen Rat. Her previous West End credits include Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Follies, to name just a few. Elaine quickly took to Twitter following the announcement explaining that she is ‘so excited’ to star in her first panto since 1966!

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Ashley Banjo & Diversity


Ashley Banjo is the founder and leader of innovative dance group Diversity (winners of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2009). Ashley and Diversity will star as The Sultan and his entourage!

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Gary Wilmot to star as Sarah the Cook

Gary Wilmot is set to star as Sarah the Cook. Gary’s theatre credits include Big The Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many more! Wilmot is also starring as Badger in The Wind in the Willows, opening at the London Palladium later this month.

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Charlie Stemp will star as Dick Whittington

Award-winning Charlie Stemp currently plays the lead role in Half a Sixpence, which completes its West End run at the Noel Coward Theatre this September. Charlie will take the title role of Dick Whittington. Previous theatre credits include Wicked at the Apollo Victoria and the international tour of Mamma Mia!

Dick Whittington will be produced by Nick Thomas and Michael Harrison for Qdos Entertainment – the team behind last year’s London Palladium production of Cinderella, which was nominated for two Olivier awards!

A seasonal must-see for all ages, don’t miss your chance to visit the West End this Christmas for some fabulous festive fun. Book tickets for Dick Whittington today.


Trump’s Pantomime to come to the West End this Xmas

The new pantomime is a story about a bunch of familiar fairytale characters who are expelled from the magical woods that are overrun by political overlords. They must then go on a quest over that elusive wall to the mystical land of Mar-A-LaLa-Go, seeking out the great and powerful TRUMP.

The story is set to touch on the various quirks of this year’s far from normal politics with the traditional filthy festive British humour.

Produced by Martin Witts and written/ directed by Stuart Saint (the same team behind the classics Pantos Dick! and Sleeping Booty), the new Trump – The Panto! will be at the Leicester Square Theatre from the 12th to the 30th December 2017.

Tickets can be booked via www.fromtheboxoffice.com/Trump-the-panto!


The Curious Incident of the Dangling Comedian


In Pantomime: Uncovered – Part One, we met the Grand Dame of Panto, Christopher Biggins. Most big Pantomimes rely on “names” – in this case Biggins and David Hasselhoff – to pull in the crowds. But panto is a big beast, and each show only as good as the whole of the cast and crew, who work their collective socks off to make the whole experience sheer and utter magic. For every big name Dame, there’s a Tinkerbell just starting out, or a Wishy Washy with years of tumble-drying behind them.

Every Captain Hook needs a great first mate: Hailing from Torquay, Steve Laister plays Starkey, sidekick to David Hasselhoff’s Seafaring Pirate. Fortunately for us, Steve will do anything for a Slush Puppy….including an impromptu interview!

The Comedy Relief

"Slush Puppy for Mister Starkey?"
“Slush Puppy for Mister Starkey?” – Curtis Bannister-Pond at the Theatre Shop…

So Steve…what first got you into Showbusiness?

“A bet!”


“Yep. I was a semi-professional snooker player and the snooker lads bet me a coke that I wouldn’t enter a talent show. So I did…”

Is this is your first panto?

“Qdos have asked me for about five years to do it, and I always said no. I gave in this y Read more

Christopher Biggins Interview: Dame At Sea



Christopher Biggins prepares for another pantomime...
Theatre Legend Christopher Biggins: Star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jesus Christ Superstar…and nearly 40 pantomimes.

Hop aboard the magic carpet, step up into the golden carriage, and cry “anchors aweigh”  as we transport you through the Stage Door into the magical world of Pantomime. Read more