The Lichfield Garrick is incredibly proud to announce that Ben Thornton will be returning alongside Sam Rabone for the theatre’s 2018 festive family pantomime Dick Whittington. The duo will reunite for the third year in a row after appearing in both 2016’s Sleeping Beauty and 2017’s Aladdin. The pair have been an incredible hit with the Lichfield audiences with their comical timing, messy slosh scenes and extravagant costumes, which have entertained thousands of patrons both young and old leaving them in fits of laughter.
Karen Foster, The Lichfield Garrick’s Executive Director said “Our audiences tell us that Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton are the comedy stars of our award winning pantomimes, so I’m absolutely delighted to welcome them back for a third year. Children of all ages have joined Ben’s gang during Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin and I hope that they will look forward to the mayhem Ben will bring as Idle Jack in Dick Whittington.”
Dick Whittington is also the third pantomime at the Lichfield Garrick to be co-produced with Evolution Pantomimes. The story follows Dick and his cat as he travels to London to make his fortune and runs into a host of characters along the way. In usual pantomime style there will be plenty of festive fun for the whole family.
Ben Thornton will play the role of Idle Jack in Dick Whittington. Ben added “I'm delighted to be back for a third year at the Lichfield Garrick! This place is starting to feel like home for Christmas, a beautiful city to be in for two months and a wonderful theatre. Dick Whittington is a panto I've been lucky enough to have been in before with Evolution Pantomimes so I know the Lichfield audiences are in for a treat.”
After possibly two of the greatest slosh scenes in the Lichfield Garrick’s pantomime history, the Bathroom Scene in Sleeping Beauty and the If I Was Not In Old Peking Scene in Aladdin, Ben and Sam are promising more mess and comedy in Dick Whittington than ever before.
Sam Rabone, who will play Dame Dolly further commented “I’m thrilled to be returning to Lichfield in what I believe to be the best of British Pantomimes! Dick Whittington is such a great show, and for our slosh fans there’s one of THE greatest slosh scenes I’ve ever watched. What’s better than a comedy slosh scene, than one with Ben Thornton as well? I’m over the moon to have my side kick back for another year, I can’t wait to get started. Grab your tickets early - you won’t be disappointed!”
Dick Whittington runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Friday 30 November to Monday 31 December 2018, with a variety of schools, matinee and evening performances. Prices start from £15 for children and £19.50 for adults, and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121. Tickets are already selling incredibly fast and early booking is advised. The theatre will be announcing further cast members later in the year.