Dick Whittington and his Cat
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Narrator, Commentator ........................... Callum Robertson
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What is a pantomime?
A pantomime is a traditional comic play that theatres in Britain put on throughout the Christmas season. The stories are usually based on fairy tales such as Cinderella, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty. However, there is no single script that all productions use, and theatres sometimes change the stories.
Pantomimes are very popular with children, but the script is usually written with some innuendos – words with a double meaning that adults will find funny. Pantomimes also usually feature the following:
Note that in the U.S.A. pantomime usually refers to mime – acting without using speech.
Who was Dick Whittington?
The popular stories about Dick Whittington began to appear shortly after 1600. Unlike the real Richard Whittington, the fictional character was poor and had a cat that helped him earn his fortune in London. In some stories, Dick's cat is an expert mouser (very good at catching mice) and he sells him for a great deal of money.
Yes - in fact, there are two! The City of London (the business district of London) still has a Lord Mayor who is chair of local governing bodies and also works to promote London business. However, he is not to be confused with the Mayor of London, who is an elected, political figure with far-reaching powers across the whole of London.
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