Bow bells of London calling

The cast for Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Limelight Theatre. From left: Rebecca Davison, Douglas Smith, Amy Pezet

The cast for Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Limelight Theatre. From left: Rebecca Davison, Douglas Smith, Amy Pezet

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Young talent will head this year’s community pantomime, Dick Whittington and his Cat, to be performed in the intimate setting of the Limelight Theatre at Queens Park Centre.

Douglas Smith, who appeared in last year’s show Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood in a supporting role, will this year play the titular hero Dick Whittington, who comes to London to seek his fortune.

Douglas said: “There are so many things I’m looking forward to, particularly working with the rest of the cast.”

For Amy Pezet, who plays the show stopping Fairy Bowbells, this year’s production marks her Queens Park debut.

Amy said: “I’ve always enjoyed singing and acting - this is my first panto and I think everybody who comes to see it will have fun.”

Dick’s love interest Alice Fitzwaren is played by Rebecca Davison, a regular weekend volunteer at Queens Park. Rebecca was encouraged to try out for the show by a member of staff.

She said: “Amanda heard me singing in the coffee bar and told me to audition. I’m really happy to have got the part.”

The three youngsters will be joined in the cast by audience favourties Steve Davies and Malcolm Emms as Idle Jack and Sarah the Cook respectively.

Also returning, following their acclaimed debut last year, are the students of the Susan Diane School of Dance, with specially choreographed routines.

The panto will run from Friday December 19 through to Wednesday December 31 with a mixture of matinee (2.30pm) and evening (7.30pm) performances. Adult tickets cost £12.50, concessions £8.50, U16s £6.50 and a family ticket £32. The box office is 01296 431272.