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Dick Whittington

    by Nigel Currie



Synopsis

Pantomime: 'Dick Whittington' by Nigel Currie

Dick Whittington is obsessed with music – writing, singing and performing. He wants to become a great impresario. His Great Aunt Maud is dismissive of his ideas but she does think that he should go to London to seek his fortune. She tells him the streets there are paved with gold and gives him one quarter of a treasure map that she has had in her possession for many years.

The map is of a part of London and the other three quarters of it are held by three distant relatives who live there. Aunt Maud has written to these three relatives to tell them that her great nephew is coming to London with the final piece of the map. If they all work together and each use their quarter of the map, it may lead them to a great fortune. Dick sets off for London with his trusted cat, Whiskas.

In a poor part of London, a shoemaker, Walter Jones lives with his wife Gladys (the Dame) and beautiful daughter Petula. Walter’s brother, the mad Professor Cyril Jones lives next door. He, along with his assistants, Bodgit and Fixit are always trying to invent things in their laboratory, usually without success!

On his arrival Dick Whittington stays with Walter and Cyril. Together with the other relative (the evil Countess Anastasia Kitov from Russia) they get the chance to find some hidden treasure. However, Anastasia and her daughter Tatania helped by her secretary, Natasha Veribooch and some evil KGB minders have a dastardly plan to doublecross Dick and his friends and get all of the gold for themselves.

Will the goodies get the gold back? Will Anastasia and her cronies escape by boat home to Russia? Will they ever find Whiskas? W-w-w-w-will Walter’s stammer ever get cured? Will the Professor, Bodgit and Fixit ever invent anything useful? Will Dick get the girl? Will there be any good jokes this year? And who is Will?


Characters

9m, 7f, 4m/f plus chorus, dancers etc

Principals (7m, 6f, 1m/f)

  • Walter Jones; A poor shoe maker, married to Gladys (m)
  • Gladys Jones; The comedy Dame. Married to Walter (m)
  • Petula Jones; The beautiful daughter of Gladys and Walter (f)
  • Professor Cyril Jones; Brother of Walter, a mad professor who is always trying to invent things (m)
  • Dr Bodgit; Professor Jones’ useless assistant (f)
  • Dr Fixit; Professor Jones’ surprisingly useful assistant (f)
  • Dick Whittington; The hero (m/f)
  • Countess Anastasia Kitov; The evil baddie from Russia (f)
  • Tatania Kitov; Anastasia’s daughter (f)
  • Natasha Veribooch; Anastasia’s secretary (f)
  • Ronnie Nutzinavice; Anastasia’s minder (m)
  • Reggie Inyervaze; Anastasia’s minder (m)
  • Rupert Reid; Anastasia’s minder (m)
  • A sailor; Works at the Docks (m)

Support (2m, 1f, 3m/f)

  • Whiskas; Dick Whittington’s cat (m/f)
  • Aunt MaudMaud Cartwright,Dick’s great Aunt (f)
  • A waiter; Works at the Tilbury Hilton (m/f)
  • A postman (m/f)
  • The sailor’s two brothers (2m)

Plus a Chorus



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