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Casting announced for Dick Whittington at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Dick Whittington, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s 2019 Christmas pantomime. Directed by John Haidar, it runs from Saturday, November 23 to Saturday, January 11, 2020.

The line up includes Sèverine Howell-Meri (as Dick Whittington), Tom Giles (King Rat), Harry Jardine (Nathaniel), Vedi Roy (Lady Lush), Bree Smith (Grandma), Lizzie Winkler (Mayor) and Francesca Zoutewelle (Alice).

Join Dick Whittington on his quest to find adventure, fame and fortune in London. Will he defeat the villainous rodent who’s taken control of the city?

Expect Stratford East’s much-loved mix of original show-stopping songs, belly-tickling laughs and sprinkle of magic (and perhaps a bit of snow) in this year’s festive treat for all ages.

Nadia Fall, Artistic Director of Stratford East, said: “Stratford East’s tradition of staging a panto at Christmas goes as far back as the 19th century, and it remains an essential part of our history. We’re so excited for this cast and creative team to bring their own festive magic to our theatre this Christmas and continue this much-loved tradition.”

John Haidar, Director of Dick Whittington, said: “I’m delighted to be directing at Theatre Royal Stratford East for the first time and to be working on its legendary pantomime. It’s a theatre that’s an integral part of London’s cultural identity and to be there telling this story, which places London at its centre, is a treat. I’m looking forward to collaborating with our fantastic cast and creative team to reimagine this timeless folk tale of a city in crisis, and its brilliantly eclectic cast of characters, for Stratford audiences this Christmas.”

Dick Whittington has book and lyrics by David Watson and music and lyrics by Robert Hyman. The production is designed by Lily Arnold and choreographed by Anna Morrissey, with lighting design by Jess Bernberg, sound design by Giles Thomas and musical direction by James Doughty.

Magic consultant is John Bulleid, fight director Brett Yount, assistant director Sita Thomas and casting director Jacob Sparrow.

Rehearsal images

Tickets: From £10 for every performance of every show. To book, call the box office on 020 8534 0310 or visit

Times: Vary.

Running Time: Approximately 135 minutes including interval.

Relaxed performance: Thursday, January 2 at 2pm.

BSL performance: Friday, January 3 at 2pm (Jacqui Beckford).

Captioned performance: Friday, January 3 at 7pm (Suzanne Walker).

Audio Described performance: Saturday, January 4 at 5pm (Alison Clarke and Ruth James).