Stars gather to launch York Barbican's pantomime Dick Whittington

York Press: Jem Frazer as Fitzwarren, and, left, Robert Forknall (Sarah the Cook), Alex Winters (Dick Whittington), Jem Frazer (Fitzwarren), Danny Young (Idle Jack) and Kim Taylforth (Queen Rat) Jem Frazer as Fitzwarren, and, left, Robert Forknall (Sarah the Cook), Alex Winters (Dick Whittington), Jem Frazer (Fitzwarren), Danny Young (Idle Jack) and Kim Taylforth (Queen Rat)

CBEEBIES anchorman Alex Winters, Dancing On Ice finalist Chloe Madeley, Coronation Street heartthrob Danny Young and Bad Girls actress Kim Taylforth will star in York Barbican’s pantomime, Dick Whittington.

All but Chloe – already committed to appearing on the 25th anniversary edition of ITV's This Morning with her parents Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan – attended Thursday's panto launch by the city walls with director and dame Rob Forknall and producer Gary Telfer.

Telfer’s company, Blue Genie Entertainment, will be staging the York Barbican pantomime for the second successive year. "We're really looking forward to returning to the Barbican. After the huge success of Cinderella last year, we have a lot to live up to and we can't wait to make the magic happen again,” he said. “We have a great cast of TV stars, we'll have an amazing 3D ghost scene for the first time in York, and with only 18 shows, we’re fully expecting it to sell out.”

Dick Whittington will run from December 20 to 30 with Winters in the role of Dick Whittington; Madeley as Alice Fitzwarren; Essex lad Young in cheeky chappy mode for the first time as Idle Jack; Taylforth, as villainous Queen Rat, in her seventh panto; and Forknall on dame duty as Sarah The Cook.

Forknall is directing one of Telfer’s panto productions for a fifth time. “It’s going to be great fun for all the family,” he promised. “Dick Whittington is the most traditional pantomime of them all. We’re going to give the people of York something really special.”

Dick Whittington will be one of three professional pantomimes in York this winter, along with Aladdin And The Twankeys at York Theatre Royal and Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at the Grand Opera House.

For Dick Whittington tickets, phone 0844 854 2757.

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11:18am Sun 6 Oct 13

Trespar Zagenstuz says...

The REAL pantomime to be staged at The Barbican will not actually take the stage until Spring, 2014.
'Nick and the Beanstalk' stars has-been performer Nick "I'm Sorry" Cledge as the hapless village idiot who promises to sell his cash-cow and returns from Libdem Market with a Peerage and a pay-rise, in the form of a magic bean.
This he plants in the ground, and climbs to the top, pushing all those who try to follow back down.
He m shudders at the sight of 'Giant Cameron', (actually a little weed in built-up boots)...........but not to give the story away, you really ought to book tickets (it also stars home-grown talent Vince 'Unable' Cable!!!) ...actually, ticket-sales are unlikely to rise above single figures, so do not panic.
So please support 'Dick Wittington' instead. And do not forget to book seats for a real York comedic actor, Berwick Kaler , who will be treading the boards in Panto-land at The Theatre Royal.
The REAL pantomime to be staged at The Barbican will not actually take the stage until Spring, 2014. 'Nick and the Beanstalk' stars has-been performer Nick "I'm Sorry" Cledge as the hapless village idiot who promises to sell his cash-cow and returns from Libdem Market with a Peerage and a pay-rise, in the form of a magic bean. This he plants in the ground, and climbs to the top, pushing all those who try to follow back down. He m shudders at the sight of 'Giant Cameron', (actually a little weed in built-up boots)...........but not to give the story away, you really ought to book tickets (it also stars home-grown talent Vince 'Unable' Cable!!!) ...actually, ticket-sales are unlikely to rise above single figures, so do not panic. So please support 'Dick Wittington' instead. And do not forget to book seats for a real York comedic actor, Berwick Kaler , who will be treading the boards in Panto-land at The Theatre Royal. Trespar Zagenstuz
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2:00pm Sun 6 Oct 13

Rev Fred Deawange says...

Trespar Zagenstuz wrote:
The REAL pantomime to be staged at The Barbican will not actually take the stage until Spring, 2014.
'Nick and the Beanstalk' stars has-been performer Nick "I'm Sorry" Cledge as the hapless village idiot who promises to sell his cash-cow and returns from Libdem Market with a Peerage and a pay-rise, in the form of a magic bean.
This he plants in the ground, and climbs to the top, pushing all those who try to follow back down.
He m shudders at the sight of 'Giant Cameron', (actually a little weed in built-up boots)...........but not to give the story away, you really ought to book tickets (it also stars home-grown talent Vince 'Unable' Cable!!!) ...actually, ticket-sales are unlikely to rise above single figures, so do not panic.
So please support 'Dick Wittington' instead. And do not forget to book seats for a real York comedic actor, Berwick Kaler , who will be treading the boards in Panto-land at The Theatre Royal.
Well said, this is hardly a top star attraction. Z list more like.

Berwick is the panto king
[quote][p][bold]Trespar Zagenstuz[/bold] wrote: The REAL pantomime to be staged at The Barbican will not actually take the stage until Spring, 2014. 'Nick and the Beanstalk' stars has-been performer Nick "I'm Sorry" Cledge as the hapless village idiot who promises to sell his cash-cow and returns from Libdem Market with a Peerage and a pay-rise, in the form of a magic bean. This he plants in the ground, and climbs to the top, pushing all those who try to follow back down. He m shudders at the sight of 'Giant Cameron', (actually a little weed in built-up boots)...........but not to give the story away, you really ought to book tickets (it also stars home-grown talent Vince 'Unable' Cable!!!) ...actually, ticket-sales are unlikely to rise above single figures, so do not panic. So please support 'Dick Wittington' instead. And do not forget to book seats for a real York comedic actor, Berwick Kaler , who will be treading the boards in Panto-land at The Theatre Royal.[/p][/quote]Well said, this is hardly a top star attraction. Z list more like. Berwick is the panto king Rev Fred Deawange
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