Dick Whittington and Wondercat

by  David Wood

Full Length Play, Pantomime  /  8m, 5f

David Wood has adapted this fairy tale into a musical play rather than conventional pantomime. Comedy, adventure and lively original songs combine to make these unusual plays sure-fire hits with family audiences.…

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Dick Whittington and Wondercat

by  David Wood

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday

Additional Info

In David Wood’s version of the story, a ‘play-within-a-play’ technique is used. The townsfolk of London gather to greet Sir Richard Whittington on his installation as Lord Mayor.  A voice of dissent in the crowd belongs to a young boy who resents the acclaim given to ‘a wealthy nob like him’, who is unlikely to help ordinary folk. The crowd explains to the boy that this Lord Mayor is different and has helped many ordinary people; they then tell the story of Dick Whittington, and the boy plays the young Dick. He wins the friendship of young Alice, and becomes involved with the Fitzwarren family and store, a brace of swash-buckling pirates, the lovable Wondercat, and a traditional ‘dame’ character – Bertha the Cook. Dick’s story takes him from the depths of despair and disgrace to his triumph, with Wondercat, defeating the rats infesting the home of the Queen of the Barbary Coast, who turns out to have been educated in England!
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Reviews

“Master of the panto David Wood has done it again … a huge success … the children loved it … the whole show was just magic.” - Recorder Advertiser

“A panto with everything … colour, excitement, pathos, a lot of humour, and a wonderful understanding of children … brilliant children’s author David Wood has done it again … a triumph … the author’s clear understanding of youngsters’ minds.” - Thurrock Gazette

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

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  • Setting: Several interior and exterior settings
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music

Casting

8m, 5f
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

Flexible cast with a minimum of M8 F5. Can add Extra 1M or F and Chorus of adults or children.

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Authors

David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expeditio ...

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