DICK WHITTINGTON @ THE EPSOM PLAYHOUSE…
Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 29 Nov 2022
In October, we posted a blog with information about Epsom Playhouse’s latest pantomime – Dick Whittington – if you’ve not read it, you can read it here.
But this year, we thought it might be fun to introduce you to some of the cast. You may recognise some faces from their time living in Epsom and Ewell, from TV, or from previous pantos.
Dick is played by Ben Davies, who is acting in Epsom for the first time. He has played a principal role in panto for many years and was last seen in Jack in the Beanstalk in Coalville.
Sarah the Cook is David Rumelle. David has played this role before but has never trod the boards in Epsom. Starting off playing the villain, David realised that playing a comic character was more fun, and hasn’t looked back since.
Luke Drewell plays Idle Jack, a role that he is very excited to play. It is his first year performing with Spillers, in Epsom and playing the comic. The reason he loves panto? Christmas is extra special for his family – it’s his mum’s birthday on Christmas eve.
You might recognise Charlotte Steen, who plays Alice Fitzwarren. She studied at Laines and lived in Epsom for 10 years. She also played the starring role in Spillers’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 2012.
Professor Tim Wilson was awarded third place and “Viewers’ Champion” in Channel 4’s The Circle. This is his first panto, and he is playing the role of Alderman.
If you’ve been to the panto over the last few years, you will recognise local actor Jamie Bannerman. He is celebrating 20 years of panto this year by playing the role of Captain.
And what is a Captain without his Mate? Although Craig Ranford has worked in panto for 13 years, this is his first year in Epsom and working for Spillers.
Taking on the bad guys is Dick’s sidekick Tommy the Cat – played by Ami Whitaker. Ami has been doing panto for 4 years but this is her first year in Epsom – her first Epsom debut was cancelled due to the pandemic.
And last but not least, is another familiar panto face. Sam Giffard, who plays Fairy Bow Bells, is returning to Epsom for the fourth time.
Join Dick on his fantastical adventures, meet Tommy the Cat with attitude, Idle Jack, Sarah the Cook and the very worst Captain and shipmate that ever set sail; and be prepared to be scared, as the Evil King Rat tries his best to spoil everyone’s fun!
This panto has it all, perfect festive entertainment for the whole family.
Tickets are now on sale from £15.50 to £20.50 at various performance times.
Family & Group tickets are available. Relaxed Performance on Tue 3rd Jan at 11.00 am.
Website: www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk Box Office: 01372 742555/742227.