The National Theatre regularly trawls the world repertoire but has only infrequently dipped a raucous toe into arguably this country’s best-loved theatrical institution, the Christmas pantomime, or panto. I dimly recall a Cinderella at this address in 1983, when I had only just moved to the UK, and Christmas 2020 saw only the first panto since then – a busy, bustling, openhearted version of Dick Whittington that closed before opening night (so what else is new in these... Read more
Speaking about Dick Whittington, Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd said: "In 2018 we set out to celebrate the heart of the Dick Whittington story - that London has always been, and will always be, enriched by the brilliant brains and invigorating spirit of those who come from all over the world and call it home. That's a story we want to tell now more than ever, and in quintessentially British fashion: with irreverent jokes, talking animals, awesome songs, and wholesale destructive silliness.”
Ned Bennett continued: “We are inordinately excited to be talking about a show, never mind having the privilege of being able to stage one right now. We are facing such challenging times, as artists and as an industry, so we feel so lucky to have the NT able to provide this opportunity. We cannot wait to bring audiences (safely) into the Olivier and allow them to remember the joy of theatre for a night."