Further casting has been announced for this year’s London Palladium pantomime Dick Whittington, with Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Ashley Banjo and Diversity (The Sultan and his Entourage), Gary Wilmott (Sarah the Cook) and Charlie Stemp (Dick Whittington) joining the previously announced Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells), Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack) and Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel).
Following the smash-hit success of Qdos Entertainment’s Cinderella last year, Dick Whittington will run at the London Palladium for five weeks only over the festive season from Saturday 9 December 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018, with press night on Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 7pm.
Multiple award-winning actor, recording artist, producer and broadcaster Elaine Paige will play Queen Rat, while Ashley Banjo and Diversity, who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, have since gone on to achieve worldwide success and have just completed their 7th sell out UK tour Genesis.
Gary Wilmot’s (Sarah the Cook) multiple theatre credits include Big The Musical for the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre and on UK tour, while later this month he will open at the London Palladium playing Badger in The Wind In The Willows.
Playing the titular role, award-winning Charlie Stemp (Dick Whittington) is currently starring in the lead role in Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre, a role he first performed at Chichester Festival Theatre, which has garnered him both great critical and audience acclaim.
Final casting will be announced at a later date.
Dick Whittington is produced by Nick Thomas and Michael Harrison for Qdos Entertainment, the team behind last year’s twice Olivier-nominated London Palladium production of Cinderella, which broke box office records for the highest grossing week in West End theatre history.
Hot on the heels of Cinderella, pantomime returns to the iconic London Palladium for Christmas 2017. With an all-star cast, spectacular sets and plenty of laughs, you’ll need to book early to secure the best seats for the greatest pantomime adventure of them all!