Scat rat and opera dame at pur-fect panto

Rehearsals for Dick Wittington at the Theatre Royal in Bury.
Rehearsals for Dick Wittington at the Theatre Royal in Bury.
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THERE was plenty of laughter, dodgy jokes, cheers and boos – as well as some scat and some opera – at the annual Theatre Royal panto.

The Theatre Royal has put on some fantastic pantomime productions over the years and this year’s production of Dick Whittington and his Cat delivered on all fronts.

The children loved shouting every time they saw a rat scurrying across the stage or creeping up behind the characters.

Panto dame Sarah The Cook (Stephen Weller) was brilliant and managed to mix opera singing in with some fairly raucous humour and flashing of her bloomers.

The highlight for me this year was in the songs – normally there is some upbeat melody which is nice if not amazing.

But Alice (Hannah Blake) sang a beautiful couple of verses of Adele’s Someone Like You before dueting with Dick (Gareth Bennett-Ryan). The two were then joined by Tommy The Cat (Lizzie Warren) singing ‘Meow Meow Meow’ along to the melody.

There was also a dazzling all-cast version of The Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There.

Dick was loveable as the slightly dim hero heading to London to find fame and fortune with Tommy helping make sure that he heads off in the right directions.

Scat rhyming Queen Rat (Corinna Powlesland) was great as the baddie you love to hate, her clever word play and insults to the audience provoking the youngsters in the crowd.

I loved every minute of it and so did my children. You can catch the show up until January 15.