Dick Whittington comes to Market Harborough

Dick Whittington presented by The Youth Theatre in Market Harborough
Dick Whittington presented by The Youth Theatre in Market Harborough

There will be a number of performers from across ther Market Harborough area will be putting on the family pantomime Dick Whittington starting this weekend.

The Youth Theatre in Market Harborough will stage the show from Saturday January 27 to Saturday February 3 at the Welland Park Academy stage

It will be the 58th production since the group was formed in 1993.

The cast is made up of people aged between five and 21 and will be bringing the colourful show, full of song and dance, to the Welland Park Academy Theatre stage later this month. The show is under the direction of previous member Charlotte Chambers.

Dick Whittington is the name of English folklore surrounding the real-life Richard Whittington, wealthy merchant and later Lord Mayor of London. It tells the story of how he supposedly escaped his poverty-stricken childhood and made his fortune thanks to the ratting abilities of his beloved cat

Another element considered essential to the legend is that Dick attempted to flee his service as a scullion one night, but was dissuaded by the tone of the church bells, which promised he would become mayor of London one day.

A spokesman for the youth theatre said: “With the recent demise of the Market Harborough Musical Theatre, we are keen to get as much support as possible to ensure the future of our group.”

Performances are on Saturday January 27, Sunday January 28 and Saturday February 3 starting at 1pm and 4.30pm.

There are other performances on Thursday and Friday February 1 and 2.

Tickets are priced from £6.50 and are on sale from Synergy Dancewear on St. Mary’s Road in Market Harborough.

They can also be bought online by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/theyouththeatre, as well as on the door at all performances subject to availabilit