Mayflower Panto Ticks All Boxes


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The Mayflower doesn’t do pantomime by halves, and this year’s show, Dick Whittington, is no exception. And this is the big London Palladium production. Big names in a big, big production, ticking all the right boxes. You can’t get much bigger!

Many people had already tweeted about how they had been hooting with laughter just watching rehearsals.

The effort and enthusiasm is there for all to see – an absolute explosion of colours and fun.


The stage scenery (see above), the costumes, the acting, the singing, the jokes – everything sparkled in a fabulously dreamy show.


Not to mention a giant rat right at the beginning… which was bigger than the entire stage! We were all screaming!


The show is like a tornado which has emotionally grabbed you and twisted you around and around – and which still has you in its clutches the next morning.


How much bigger a villain could you get than Phil Mitchell out of EastEnders to play King Rat? The picture above of Steve McFadden sums it up really! Well, you know panto… and the ‘booing’ was loud and long.


The much-loved Sheila Ferguson is there as the Spirit of the Bells… and her singing is beautiful as you would expect.


… and look! It’s Bobby Davro! Funny, dynamic… the real deal.


The interaction between Dick and Alice was just perfect. Since winning the X Factor in 2009, Joe McElderry has now taken on 5 pantomimes – and no-one can doubt the capability of Suzanne Shaw (ex Hear’Say) who has since gone on to play Roxy Hart in Chicago in the West End and many pantomimes around the country. The audience loved her, loved both of them – worried about her even!

Special mention to for the ‘Dame’ – Andrew Ryan as Sarah the Cook. Would you believe that this is Andrew’s 32nd pantomime… 28 of them as the Dame? He had a new costume seemingly every five minutes.

This was a great night out at the Mayflower – and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Finally, a word about the programme which is always a triumph every year. It’s a beautifully produced 46-page special, with games and puzzles that the children can enjoy back home – along with big pictures of the lead cast – ideal for autograph hunters! It’s a work of art in itself.

Dilyara Gover