Dick Whittington panto review – Hawthorne Theatre WGC

Dick Whittington Panto Review

We love going to the panto this time of the year, and for the second year in a row we have been to the theatre in Welwyn Garden City. It is one the highlights of the holidays for the boys who all love the live singing and dancing. They just love to get involved with the shouting from the audience, catching what is thrown from the stage and being squirted with a water pistol.

This year its Dick Whittington and it runs all over Christmas until 4th January so be sure to book up a ticket and go see it. You and the family will have a great time.


Press Night

20-12-16-dick-whittington-panto-cupcakes-v1We were very fortunate to have been invited along on the press night so arrived to a lovely reception of cheese, crackers, wine and cupcakes (supplied by the Sugar Boutique, local to me in Knebworth)! A lovely way to start the evening chatting with the mayor of Welwyn Garden City (a very busy lady!), local press and Jake Wood from Eastenders. We took our prime seats on the front row of the upper section. The theatre is not huge so wherever you sit you will have a great view.

The Show Opens

The show opened with a fabulous scene with the dancers. A great routine to Don’t stop the Feeling kicked off the show perfectly and got all of us singing and dancing. I love that the panto keeps the entertainment up to date with the songs that the children adore from Little Mix to Michael Jackson to Celine Dion (Lily cried out at this point, that she loved this song!)

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Fairy Bowbells and King Rat

We were introduced to the main characters, first up was the beautiful Fairy Bowbells, a regular fairy into the Welwyn Panto. Then we met the baddie of the show King Rat. Jack did not like him, especially when he walked right next to us! King Rat had an amazing voice and sang a brilliant version of 7 nations army with Fairy Bowbells.

Dick and Tommy

The main man of the show Dick Whittington was introduced along with his cat Tommy, bring on the many jokes and innuendos. The jokes were laced in brilliantly. It was pitched at the right level to make the adults cackle with laughter at the right bits and the children giggle at the more cheesy jokes. Dick Whittington was played by Stuart Turner, a seasoned actor and panto regular.

Fitzwarren Family

We met the love interest Alice Fitzwarren, and her father Alderman and hurrah to the panto dame Sarah the Cook and her son Idle Jack. There were many funny comedy moment between Sarah and Jack, particularly the boat scene. Classic slapstick comedy that the kids loved, including custard pies of course.

Book your tickets now

This really was a great show and being a personal finance blogger I must mention the value for money. Tickets for a family of 4 will cost you £50 (considerably cheaper than Stevenage panto). Plus use your free zebra card to save yourself 15% off any food and drink you purchase at the panto.

We had a great time at Dick Whittington and highly recommend it for the whole family, young and old. We loved the music and the dancing and laughed out loud so many times. Bravo!!

Other fun activities at CW Entertainment

There are plenty of other fun activities to keep the family amused over the Christmas holidays. The cinema has all the up to date films just released and with a zebra discount card seats can cost under £5. There is also RollerCity and Soft Play City.  They are open every day except Christmas day itself. See my previous post for more details of fun at CW Entertainment.

This post was written in collaboration with CW Entertainment.


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Lynn Beattie

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