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Dick Whittington

Olivier Theatre, National, London
Dick Whittington National Theatre 2020
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 3 / 5

First performed at Lyric Hammersmith in 2018, Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd's adaptation of Dick Whittington will be staged at the Olivier Theatre

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."

Previews from |
11th December 2020
Opening date |
11th December 2020
Closes |
15th December 2020
As a general guideline an age of 5+ is recommended. Children under 3 years of age will not be admitted. Children must be able to sit unaided, in their own seat, and be attentive to the performance as to not distract other members of the audience. Admittance to the auditorium is at the discretion of the theatre management. 
Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd
Ned Bennett
Jessica Hung Han Yun
Georgia Lowe
Georgia Lowe
Cast list:
Dickie Beau, Amy Booth-Steel, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings​, Georgina Onuorah, Cleve September, Melanie La Barrie, Laura Checkley, Beth Hinton-Lever, Travis Kerry, Jaye Marshall, Ken Nguyen, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Christopher Tendai.

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of Dick Whittington National Theatre 2020


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

Latest Dick Whittington National Theatre 2020 News & Features

Photo credit: Dick Whittington artwork (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)
National Theatre pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’ to be streamed for free
Tuesday, 08 December, 2020, 12:54
UPDATE: In a tweet from the National Theatre on 6 January, all remaining in-person performances of Dick Whittington have been cancelled. The production will still be available on National Theatre at Home from 11 January. Ahead of Dick Whittington opening at the National Theatre this week, it’s been announced that the show will be streamed. A performance will be filmed, and made available to watch on The Show Must Go On YouTube channel as well as the theatre...
Photo credit: Dick Whittington artwork (Photo by National Theatre)
Initial casting announced for ‘Dick Whittington’ at the National Theatre
Monday, 26 October, 2020, 12:02
UPDATE: In a tweet on 4 November, full casting was confirmed. The cast includes Melanie La Barrie, Laura Checkley, Beth Hinton-Lever, Travis Kerry, Jaye Marshall, Ken Nguyen, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda and Christopher Tendai.  Following news that the National Theatre will stage in-the-round performances of Dick Whittington, casting has been announced. The production will be performed at the Olivier Theatre for a Christmas season from 11 December to 23 Jan. 2021....
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