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Dick Whittington at Mayflower Southampton – Review

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December 18, 2018

As a lover of all things pantomime, in a bit of a shock twist, I had never seen Dick Whittington until last week, when we saw it at Lighthouse Poole. and now I have seen it twice, with our second version at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

We arrived at the Mayflower, full of anticipation for the night ahead and the kids were over the moon to meet some of the menacing rats before the show.

The show opened with the cat dancing around the Dick Whittington in lights before King Rat (Steve McFadden) appeared on the stage, to the boo’s and hisses of the audience and a gasp when a huge, red-eyed rat filled almost the entire stage.

Photo credit: Mayflower Theatre

We were quickly introduced to the other characters – Dick Whittington (Joe McElderry), love interest Alice (Suzanne Shaw), her mother, pantomime dame Sarah the Cook (Andrew Ryan) and her helper Idle Jack (Bobby Davro), who stole the show from the off with his impeccable comedic timing, a string of high profile impressions and pure silliness which had the cast and the audience in fits of giggles.

Photo credit: Mayflower Theatre

The great thing about pantomime, is that although the story is familiar and tells the tale of Dick Whittington and his rise to fame and fortune, it always takes on its own twist with nods to the local area surrounding it and its star performers.

Photo credit: Mayflower Theatre

The songs, which included those from the Greatest Showman, Glee, Village People and even a nod to musical theatre with Half a Sixpence, were brilliant, the sets and the big dance numbers were incredible, especially the aforementioned giant rat and a huge flying London bus that rose up off the stage as if by magic and the costumes were stunning, especially those of the Dame.

Photo credit: Mayflower Theatre

Highlights of the show for us had to be Idle Jack’s Wonky Donkey routine, a nod to one of our favourite books of the moment about a spunky hanky-panky cranky stinky-dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey – try saying that at speed!!, Kenny the Kangaroo, who literally had the audience bouncing along, a bit of Baby Shark for the younger viewers and a riotous 12 Days of Christmas that saw Suzanne Shaw go flying across the stage and land in a giggling heap (she was fine by the way).

Photo credit: Mayflower Theatre

The only weak link in the show was American singer and actress Sheila Ferguson, whom never really truly sparkled as the Spirit of the Bells, despite her incredible voice.

Photo credit: Mayflower Theatre

The show is perfectly timed at an hour for each half, with a 20 minute interval in between and tickets cost from £19.50 to £39.50 per person, depending which performance you choose.

Photo credit: Mayflower Theatre

If you love big theatre productions, you certainly won’t be disappointed by this pantomime. Leave you worries at the door, rev up your voice and prepare to laugh until it hurts – Dick Whittington runs until January 6th 2019.

Disclaimer: We were guests of the Mayflower Theatre for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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    December 18, 2018

    That looks like such a fun show! I love all the color and lights. I’d love to take the family to see this.

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    Surekha Busa

    December 19, 2018

    This looks so fun, i love watching theater, this is really for me. Theater is my thing.

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    Mellissa Williams

    December 19, 2018

    What an amazingly bright and colourful panto, and some cool stars in it too. Looks like it would be a great treat for all the family around Christmas

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    Treasure Every Moment

    December 19, 2018

    Aww you can’t beat a theatre trip on the run up to Christmas! This year our youngest daughter is a bit too fidgety for the theatre, but I’m really excited to go as a family next year 🙂

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    Danielle Wolter

    December 19, 2018

    This looks like such a fun time for the whole family. Great photos and a lovely set.

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    December 19, 2018

    I love Dick Whittington! We haven’t booked to go to the theatre this year, I must see if we can get in anywhere. The girls love it.

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    Tiffany Barry

    December 19, 2018

    Wow! These images are stunning! My kids love the Nutcracker and would have loved to see this.

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    kathleen b

    December 19, 2018

    this play looks like SO much fun~~~~!!

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    December 19, 2018

    Love all the colors and costumes! Our kids would love this!

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    December 19, 2018

    I know my baby cousin would love this. I am loving the costumes. Looks like a really good time.

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    December 19, 2018

    This looks like such a fun night! I love all the colors and fun costumes and I know my kids would too 🙂

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    Karen Maurice

    December 19, 2018

    Oh I just love the panto, though with two little ones I haven’t been for a few years. I’m hoping next year my daughter will be old enough to sit through a whole show. This show sounds amazing 🙂

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    December 19, 2018

    Wow sounds and looks like so much fun! I love a good panto! This likes a really good one, glad you had a great time!

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    December 19, 2018

    Looks like a talented set of cast and the costumes looks amazing as well! What a fun panto to head to with the kids

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    December 20, 2018

    this looks like a really fun show! maybe something like this will play near me

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    December 20, 2018

    Oh wow, I have heard so much about this and I always wanted to watch. This looks really beautiful. I am so excited!

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    December 20, 2018

    I do love big productions. It would be so fun to go see it!

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    December 20, 2018

    I’ve not been to the pantomime in about 15 years, this has definitely made me want to go again. Shame Southampton is so far away from me!

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    December 20, 2018

    That looks like one seriously awesome show! I’d love to go see something like this.

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    December 20, 2018

    This looks like so much fun! Love seeing the panto this time of year!

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    December 20, 2018

    Aww I love Joe McElderry so I’d love to watch this! Seems like a lot of fun for all the family.

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    December 20, 2018

    It sounds like a wonderfully fun and vibrant show! I’d love to take my little ones to a pantomime one day!

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    December 21, 2018

    Wow… sounds like a very fun and colourful show. Absolutely loved the costumes.

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    Helen Clark

    December 21, 2018

    Dick Whittington sounds a great panto, there’s a lot of famous faces in it too! I used to love taking my daughter to the pantomime this time of year, she’s grown out of it now though which is sad.

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    December 23, 2018

    What a fun show, I have never seen a pantomime before and now I need to attend one soon.

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