PREVIEW: Dick Whittington and His Cat, Dryburn Theatrical Workshop, Chester-le-Street

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IS the panto season over yet? Oh no it isn’t!

Traditional pantomime, Dick Whittington and His Cat, will be staged this month by Dryburn Theatrical Workshop.

From the streets and docks of old London Town to the shores of exotic Morocco, it follows the rags-to-riches story of Dick Whittington who, with his sidekick cat, journeys to seek his fortune, battle the evil King Rat, and win the love of the beautiful Alice.

Malcolm Quinn, chairman of Dryburn Theatrical Workshop, said, “Dick Whittington and His Cat is the perfect evening’s entertainment for both children and adults, and gives us the chance to pack the show with outrageous dialogue, drama, dresses and dancing.”

Dryburn Theatrical Workshop has a long history of successful performances, bringing together a talented local cast, impressive productions and audiences from across Durham, Chester-le-Street and Wearside. It was formed in 1978 by a small but enthusiastic group of staff at the former Dryburn Hospital in Durham.

Now with nearly 50 members aged from 12, the group brings together an eclectic mix of people who share a passion for the stage.

Their previous shows have included Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors and the North East amateur premiere of Acorn Antiques, the Musical.

Show times for Dick Whittington are at 7.15pm from Wednesday, January 8-11, with matinee performances at 2.30pm on both Saturday, January 11, and Sunday, January 12, at the Park View Theatre Complex in Chester-le-Street.

Tickets are £9 for adults and £8 for children and concessions, with all seats on the Wednesday available at £8.

To book, Tel.388 3362 or visit