Written by Christian and Cariad Lloyd, this version of the classic panto premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith back in 2018, as part of the theatre's 10th anniversary celebrations. The production has since been updated for 2020, with Ned Bennett taking over from Jude Christian as director and an added emphasis placed on ideas of community and togetherness – topics which have never felt more prescient than in a year that's seen so many of us isolated.
Following the adventures of Whittington and his cat, the rags-to-riches tale gets a modern and fresh twist – but don't worry: your favourite baddie, Queen Rat, is evil as ever. Get those vocal chords well-rested before the booing commences… Other than that, expect the usual: great music, singing and dancing, totally villainous baddies
and heroes we love to cheer for, set in our favourite city: London.
Not usually one to stage a pantomime, the National Theatre is breaking with tradition for one year only – a year that's seen panto season cancelled at venues up and down the country. Of the decision, artistic director Rufus Norris said: 'Pantomime is an essential part of the living fabric of our nation, and it is devastating that so many theatres across the country have had no choice but to postpone their pantos this year because of the unprecedented financial impact of coronavirus. We’ll do all we can to keep the flame alive.'
Dick Whittington follows on from Death of England: Delroy, Clint Dyer and Roy Williams' BLM-focused follow-up to their acclaimed Death of England, starring Giles Terera (Hamilton), which opens on 21 October.
Tickets for Dick Whittington at the National Theatre will go on sale in October 2020
|What||Dick Whittington, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
30 Nov 20 – 03 Jan 21, Exact dates TBC. Tickets go on sale in October
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