Can hero save the day with help from his magical cat?

Dick Whittington played by Sam Clements
Dick Whittington played by Sam Clements

The evil and devious King Rat will cause havoc and mayhem as he battles against Dick Whittington in a rags-to-riches pantomime from the Southwick Players.

Spokeswoman Amanda Solomon said: “With all your favourite pantomime characters including a larger-than-life Dame, the Good Fairy, a nautical comedy duo in the guise of Captain Cockle and his first mate, the useless Mr Mussel, you will be transported from the streets of London to the Harem of the Sultan of Morocco who lives in terror after being invaded by a plague of rats.

“Can Dick Whittington, with the help of his magical cat Tommy, save the day and make his fortune so he can marry the girl he loves?”

Director Ron Common said: “This show is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend Mike Padley who was to have directed Dick Whittington before his untimely passing in March 2014. Mike, along with his partner, Alan Cardew, had a vision of how this panto would be presented and, having taken up the reins, I hope that we have done justice to Mike’s vision for this production.

“My grateful thanks to Laura Redmond (choreographer) and Jerome Lloyd (musical director) who have supported me wholeheartedly, and I cannot thank them enough for their commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism in bringing Dick Whittington to the stage.

“Our cast of 34 has been equally enthusiastic and committed as have our often unsung heroes, the backstage crew and production team of set builders, wardrobe, make-up, lights and sound.”

Dick Whittington, a pantomime by John Morley, runs from January 3 to 10 at The Barn Theatre, Southwick Street, Southwick. Matinee performances on Saturday, January 3; Sunday, January 4; and Saturday, January 10, at 2.30pm. Evening performances all start at 7.30pm. Tickets from £8-£13. Call the Barn Theatre box office on 01273 597094 or book online at