REVIEW: Dick Whittington and His Cat, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Todd Carty (left) and the cast of Dick Whittington And His Cat
Todd Carty (left) and the cast of Dick Whittington And His Cat
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FERNEHAM Hall at Fareham is getting into the Christmas spirit with the panto Dick Whittington And His Cat.

Julia Cave plays the title character, Dick Whittington, and showcased an impressive voice.

Meanwhile Dick’s love interest Alice, played by choreographer Francesca Leyland, brought an air of sophistication to the proceedings.

She is the daughter of Alderman Fitzwarren and the Sultan, both played by Richard Pocock, whose understanding of comic timing had the audience laughing throughout.

They were also treated to a touch of the East End as Todd Carty, formerly of EastEnders and Grange Hill, took on the role of King Rat.

The former Dancing on Ice star, who spoke to The News last week about his love of performing in pantomime, coaxed boos and hisses out of an audience that overcame an initial reluctance to take part in the pantomime.

But by the end Todd had got them dancing in the aisles as The Monkee’s I’m A Believer closed the show.

The panto features popular music including Bruno Mars’ Lazy Song, LunchMoney Lewis’ I Got Bills and the Village People’s In The Navy.

They got people clapping and singing along, together with The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and Under The Sea and Part Of Your World from Disney’s Little Mermaid.

Presenter of Disney Jr’s Art Attack Lloyd Warbey opened the show, appealing to the younger members of the audience.

But his cheerful and enthusiastic interactions as Idle Jack were enjoyed by all ages.

Until Sunday, January 3.