Dick Whittington

    Cambridge Arts Theatre

    Thursday 1 December 2022 – Sunday 8 January 2023

    Starring Rolan Bell, Matt Crosby, Nichole Bird, Luke Baker, Charlie Cameron, Ruby Ablett, Adrian Grove, Mandi Symonds

    Cambridge Arts Theatre is delighted to announce the principal cast of Dick Whittington and his Cat,  this year’s spectacular Christmas pantomime. 

    Leading the cast is Pantomime Award-winning actor Rolan Bell, returning to the Arts Theatre as the evil King Rat. Bell’s performance as Abanazar in 2021’s Aladdin saw him take home the Best Villain Award at The Pantomime Awards 2022. An established television, film and West End actor, Bell’s notable roles include Theo Kelly in EastEnders and Sergeant King (Kingy) in BBC One’s hit TV Drama Our Girl, opposite Michelle Keegan. 

    Returning for his seventeenth Arts Theatre pantomime is Cambridge’s #1 dame Matt Crosby as Sarah the Cook. Crosby’s pantomime roles at the Arts Theatre include Widow Twankey in 2021’s Aladdin, Dame Trott in 2020’s Dame Trott’s Panto Palaver and Ugly Sister opposite Wayne Sleep in 2019’s Cinderella. Other recent theatre credits include To Sir, With Love (Birmingham Rep), Antigone (Storyhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre), Coronation Street and ITV’s 2023 series Nolly, alongside Helena Bonham Carter. 

    Opposite Sarah the Cook will be the lovable Silly Billie, played by Nichole Bird. Bird’s career spans theatre, television, film and circus arts, with recent theatre credits including The Comedy of Errors (Mercury Theatre/Storyhouse), The Prince and the Pauper (New Vic) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Immersion Theatre). 

    Luke Baker stars in the title role of plucky hero Dick Whittington. Baker’s extensive credits include Billy Elliot (Curve Theatre, Leicester), the original cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre), Grease (Curve Theatre, Leicester) and Footloose (UK tour). 

    Playing Dick Whittington’s trusty sidekick Tommy the Cat is Charlie Cameron. Cameron’s recent stage credits include The Ocean at the End of the Lane (National Theatre/Duke of York’s), The  Tempest (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre).

    Ruby Ablett stars as Alice Fitzwarren. Having recently finished performing in National Theatre’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Ablett’s other credits include Alice in Wonderland (Mercury Theatre) and The Wind in the Willows (Derby Theatre). 

    Alice Fitzwarren’s dad Alderman Fitzwarren is played by Adrian Grove, whose credits include Trigger Point (ITV), Never Not Once (Park Theatre) and South Pacific (Chichester Festival Theatre). 

    Completing the principal cast is Mandi Symonds, playing the magical Fairy Bowbells. Symonds’ most recent credits include Witness for the Prosecution (County Hall London), Wheel of Time (Amazon Prime) and Dark Night of the Soul Recompense (Shakespeare’s Globe). 

    Last, but by no means least, are ensemble dancers Callum Balmforth, Grant Jackson, Tamsin January, Thomas Langdale, Hayley-Jo Murphy and Celeste Williamson.  

    Fed up living life with empty pockets, our plucky hero Dick Whittington arrives in London seeking  fame, fortune, adventure… and his one true love! Alongside his trusty companion Tabby the Cat,  Dick thinks luck is finally on his side, until a despicable Rat arrives in town determined to unleash  hell across the capital. Can you help Dick and his friends conquer the villain and save the day? 

    Dick Whittington and his Cat is directed by Michael Gattrell (Aladdin, Dame Trott’s Panto Palaver,  Dear Zoo) and is written by Al Lockhart-Morley (Aladdin, Dame Trott’s Panto Palaver, Cinderella),  Cambridge Arts Theatre’s resident pantomime writer since 2014. 

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