Shane Richie Heads The Cast of Bristol Hippodrome Panto, Dick Whittington!

The Bristol Hippodrome launched its 2019/20 pantomime Dick Whittington supported locally by Clarks Village at Bristol Harbour Hotel on Tuesday 10th September 2019.

The ultimate rags to riches story comes to The Bristol Hippodrome this Christmas in the magical family pantomime Dick Whittington, led by soap-sensation and musical theatre star Shane Richie.

Dick Whittington will bring the set, costumes and staging previously seen in Qdos Entertainment’s acclaimed production at the London Palladium to The Bristol Hippodrome with a brand-new script. The much-loved story of Dick Whittington outwitting King Rat, winning Alice’s hand in marriage and becoming Lord Mayor of London will be brought to life with comedy, spectacle, live music and plenty of audience participation.

Having established himself as one of the nation’s favourite soap stars, Shane Richie has won numerous awards and millions of fans for his portrayal of Albert Square’s lovable landlord Alfie Moon in EastEnders. The King of the East End will hear the familiar peel of Bow Bells starring as our hero Dick, seeking his fame and fortune on the rat-infested streets of London this festive season.

Shane’s numerous television credits also include Oliver Twist, Skins, New Tricks, Minder and What We Did on Our Holidays. In addition to acting, Shane has also hosted several high-profile game shows including the primetime lottery quiz Win Your Wish List and Decimate. He also starred in Redwater and We’re Doomed! – The Dad’s Army Story for the BBC and Benidorm for ITV1.

On stage. Shane has starred in several hugely successful productions including Danny Zuko in the West End production of Grease, which broke all box office records and Boogie Nights, which he co-wrote and co-produced on tour and in the West End. Shane regularly stars in pantomime for Qdos Entertainment and is currently starring as Hugo in the hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre.

Shane will be joined by CBeebies favourite Jennie Dale who will play Queen Rat. Jennie Dale is known for playing Captain Captain in Swashbuckle on CBeebies. Jennie Dale has also been in The Tracey Ullman Show, Midsomer Murders, Victoria Wood’s Mid-life Christmas and What Larks. As well as playing Deb in the hilarious and hearting warming Elf and parts in Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert, 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Mamma Mia! Oliver!, Sister Act and Scrooge to name a few.

Qdos Entertainment’s managing director Michael Harrison explains

 “Following the amazing audience feedback, we received about last year’s production of Cinderella we wanted to make sure that this year’s Bristol Hippodrome pantomime is even bigger and more magical than ever. The opportunity to once again bring our dazzling West End production values to the City was an opportunity we didn’t want to miss. The stunning scenery and effects in our Dick Whittington production will be a perfect setting for Shane Richie to bring his unique high-energy comedy to the panto stage.”

Jenny Hutchinson, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre Director says

“Having secured the London Palladium set and staging, and a brand-new script written exclusively for Shane Richie, we are delighted to be hosting Dick Whittington which will wow our Bristol audiences.

The bar was set high with the incredible season we had with award nominated Cinderella last year starring Brian (Conley) and Gok (Wan), and producers QDOS Entertainment are making sure Bristol is once again thrilled throughout the festive season. We can’t wait!”

Qdos Entertainment is the world’s biggest pantomime producer, staging 35 shows in towns and cities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Dick Whittington plays from Saturday 7 December 2019 until Sunday 5 January 2020 replacing the previously advertised production of Robin Hood. All tickets previously purchased for Robin Hood remain valid for Dick Whittington.

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