It’s Panto time at the Bristol Hippodrome!
The Bristol Hippodrome has a number of incredible shows we get to enjoy throughout the year, but the Pantomime is one we always look forward to most. This year was no exception- that’s even despite the incredible Lion King being in residence for 3 months! (That’s really saying something!).
Regardless of your age, profession, likes or dislikes, everyone is sure to have a wonderful time at this pantomime. The whole audience were in stiches throughout. You know when things go wrong it makes it exceptionally funny? Well, there was a fair share of that in last nights’ performance. I have a feeling that some of it was staged, but regardless of what elements were or weren’t, it was hilarious. Even the cast couldn’t contain themselves.
The Bristol Hippodrome’s Dick Whittington will dazzle you with its Disneyesque song and dances, beautiful stage dressing, sparkling costumes, stage fireworks, spectacular light shows, confetti cannons, giant animatronics, striking shipwrecks and flying buses! The detailing in this show is incredible. You’d think you were in the West End of London, not Bristol. But this is the standard that the Bristol Hippodrome now delivers. It was quite simply magical.
Not familiar with the story of Dick Whittington?
It’s a typical rags-to-riches, good over evil story where Dick Whittington (Shane Richie) heads to London Town in search of ‘fame, fortune and romance’. On arrival, he quite literally bumps into Alice Fitzwarren (Christine Tucker), whom he falls in love with at first sight and lands himself a job guarding the sweet shop, owned by Sarah the Cook (David O’Reilly), to protect the sweets from the evil Queen Rat (Jennie Dale).
Queen Rat will stop at nothing to ensure her plans to take over London Town succeed- even if it means stealing and kidnapping.
Shane Richie is the face of this years’ pantomime and is a well-known and very much loved. He charms the audience, gets to tell the best jokes, crack those charming Panto phrases and delights with his popular singing voice. He was a welcomed treat. Paired with Peter Piper (Captain Cockles) and they were a hilarious duo. They got to do some of the best skits, cause some of the most trouble I’ve ever seen on stage and it was, quite frankly, gleeful. I can honestly say I’ve not laughed so much in a very long time.
The beautiful Christine Tucker played Alice Fitzwarren, the true heroine of the story. Though she was seemingly the damsel in destress, she sure proved that she didn’t need a man to sort out her problems, rather someone to work in partnership with. Inspiring to all I’d say!
To capture what last nights’ show was like, I’ll relay the question someone asked me. What do I love most about the pantomime?
For me it has to be the fun and adolescence of it. When you go to the pantomime, you can really let your hair down, have a really good laugh (that will undoubtably turn into a cry from laughing so much) and for a time you get to forget your stresses and worries and have a really great time. Going with your family and friends and you’ll also create lasting memories.
Dick Whittington will be at the Bristol Hippodrome until Sunday 5th of January. Don’t miss out. Seriously, take the whole family and go have some fun. I’ve a feeling we could all do with a bit of that this year.
Photography by Dave Betts Photography.