Love a bit of panto? Then it doesn’t get bigger than this (oh no it doesn’t!). The curtain is all set to rise on Dick Whittington at Birmingham Hippodrome and here’s five great reasons you should book your tickets now.
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a trip to the panto. It’s traditional family theatre at its best – and this year’s production at the Hippodrome is renowned as the regions biggest and best. Of course there’s comedy capers for the kids, but we love the endless double entendres for the grown-ups.
Yes, the former Wet, Wet, Wet frontman and 80s heart-throb makes a very welcome return to the city to take centre stage as the villainous Ratman. If you missed his performance in Aladdin back in 2015, believe us you’re in for a treat. Most famous for his vocals on biggest-selling love some of all time, you can read our interview with Marti Pellow here.
Alongside Pellow, there’s a star-studded line-up of local legends and TV favourites. Matt Slack has established himself as one of the country’s leading pantomime comics and returns to Birmingham Hippodrome for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year. He’s joined by Dr Ranj, TV personality, a regular on ITV’s This Morning and writer (who even proved his needle skills in the 2020 Christmas Special of The Great British Sewing Bee!); as well as actress, singer and presenter Suzanne Shaw. Completing the line-up is regional treasure Doreen Tipton, better known as Queen of the Black Country, and panto stalwart Andrew Ryan as the Dame.
Featuring sets and costumes direct from The London Palladium, as well as spectacular special effects, you’ll experience the magic of live theatre brought to life. Producer and Director, and Chief Executive of Crossroads Pantomimes, Michael Harrison says: “This is a real jewel in the crown of pantomimes in the UK. With the combined talents of Marti, Matt, Ranj, Suzanne, Doreen and Andrew, together with the magnificent sets built for The London Palladium, this will be a very special trip to the theatre for all the family”.
From the little ones right through to the grandparents, there really is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than a fabulous night of laughs with all the family. What’s not to love!