Review: Dick Whittington - Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

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Writer Tim Lince again aims the Pendle Productions’ pantomime very squarely at younger 
children.

The excited audience at a morning performance wasted no opportunity to respond to the 
frequent requests to boo, cheer, clap to the beat and sing along.

A high-octane cast of eight work energetically to build up the frenzy, with the amiable Mike Cornell as a cheeky-chappy Jack leading the way.

His comic sumo wrestler 
cameo is first-class.

The experienced Ian Fox as Sarah the Cook (in ever more voluminous dresses) and Radio Lancashire presenter Sally Naden as Fairy Bowbells are just right.

Former Hollyoaks actor 
Melissa Walton is suitably leggy and tuneful in the title role and local girl Lucy Mae Sumner, the strongest singer, deserves 
another solo.

Being King Rat is rarely 
rewarding, but Chris Grayson could hardly be better with his tone and expressive body language, whilst James Austin Harvey has at times the voice of Kenneth Williams reborn as a self-important Alderman Fitzwarren.

The dialogue however, sometimes needs more stardust and pace and a couple of lame scenes only just pass muster.

By contrast, the youngsters from the Dance Place, often on stage, maintain the vitality and are particularly effective in their tap routine.

The cast cleverly play down some of the “adult” lines for a youthful audience and the sheer energy of the show deserves much praise – it’s never subtle, but it is, unapologetically, a pantomime.

It continues until December 30. Performance times vary, see The Gazette’s daily What’s On 
listings for details.