Dick Whittington by Daniel Wain Teddington Theatre Club at Hampton Hill Theatre
Teddington Theatre Club
Hampton Hill Theatre - 14 December 2018
Paved with Gold
by Daniel Wain
Teddington Theatre Club at Hampton Hill Theatre until 15th December 2018
A review by Matthew Grierson
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a panto in possession of a fortune must be in want of a decent audience. Whereas this Dick Whittington is as golden as Dick hopes London to be, we the first-night audience are a lukewarm bunch. Shame, as the show delivers with aplomb everything you’d expect– fun performances, big musical numbers, a clever, versatile set and excellent costumes. The jokes come hot on the heels of one another, so that if one is not to your taste – there is plenty of single entendre – then there will be a dumb pun, a sight gag or something political along shortly after. What more could we ask for?
The moment Rebecca Dowbiggin, who is brilliantly disingenuous throughout as the titular Dick, delivers the punchline to meeting Tommy the Cat, sets the tone for the rest of the show (I’ll leave you to work it out, it’s not hard ... so to speak). The master of these innuendos, in the person of Marc Batten, is Sarah the Cook. So I suppose that should that be the mistress of innuendo?
As if our hero doesn’t have enough on his plate with making his fortune, wooing Alice and defeating King Rat, he’s also worried about we reviewers being in tonight. And the script doesn’t miss an opportunity to have a dig at rival groups and productions, or even the local rail franchise: Dave Dadswell, who makes great sport out of his multiple parts, has a lovely turn as Dandini looking for Cinders, having been delayed by South West Trains.
A shipwreck sequence makes good use of the curtain as a semi-transparent screen for projection, bubbles playing up its surface with the cast stranded behind it doing the ‘Baby Shark’ challenge (yes, I too had to look it up!) … …
Read Matthew Grierson’s full review at www.markaspen.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/dick-whit
Photography by Jojo Leppink
Paved with Gold Dick Whittington by Daniel Wain