n Dick Whittington takes on a modern twist with Bilton’s Pantomummers

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A PLUMBER from Bilton achieving high office is at the heart of a new version of Dick Whittington.

The latest production from Bilton Pantomummers will see Dick Whittington head for London with his cat Simples as he seeks his fame and fortune.

The show is a new version of a classic with plenty of topical and local references, even including the opening of the new Bilton Tesco Express store.

The cast of 38 vary in age and feature a number of new faces alongside the usual regulars of the group, which started out as a millennium project to promote arts in Bilton.

The lead role is played by Bilton School pupil Clare Noy and Rugby High School student Suzy Davenport plays Simples the cat.

Football coach and sport student Jonathan Patton returns to the stage as the dame, while Sam Cubitt only turned up on the night of the auditions to bring daughter Meg along but both are now making their Pantomummers debuts after impressive performances.

And according to Richard Howarth, who wrote and directed the show, it offers something for everyone.

He said: “We pride ourselves on producing pantos which stick to the best traditions of all round family entertainment but with a fresh take on a familiar story - so expect the unexpected.”

Performances will be held at the Crescent School in Bawnmore Road on March 4 at 7.30pm, March 5 at 3pm and 7.30pm and March 6 at 3pm.

Tickets, which cost £5 for adults and £3 for children, are on sale from Dudley Taylor Chemist, Withers Newsagents and Woodlands Post Office in Cymbeline Way.