“Dick Whittington”-Christmas Panto @The Forum Studio

With the countdown to Christmas underway, no festive season would be complete without a visit to a Pantomime and so final preparations are being made at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester for Tip Top Productions lavish staging of Chester’s very own traditional family friendly Pantomime which this year features a professional cast for the very first time.


Since bringing Pantomime back to Chester in 2009, Tip Top’s spectacular Christmas offering has become a firm favourite in the City’s Christmas calendar of events. This year’s show, “Dick Whittington” runs at the City centre venue from 4th – 30th December. With tickets starting at just £9 and generous discounts available for families, the producers are advising Panto fans to book early to avoid disappointment.

Written by Panto writing legend Peter Swingler OBE  especially for a local audience and with plenty of topical gags thrown in, “Dick Whittington” promises to be fun for all ages as the audience is invited to boo, hiss, laugh and cheer as the story unfolds. Expect the usual mix of corny jokes, slapstick, and plenty of popular songs to sing along to.

Director Steve Davies has brought together a professional cast which includes Eliza Hewiit -Jones in the title role of Dick Whittington, local actress Julie Blagrove as Fairy Bowbell and Kevin Dewsbury as Sarah The Cook, keeping alive the tradition of Pantomime Dame!

Eliza trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London and is no stranger to the topsy turvy world of Panto having already played Dick Whittington is a previous production. More recently, Eliza played Charlie in the 90s pop musical 2 Become 1 which previewed in London before a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Wrexham based actress Julie Blagrove  has been performing on stage since the age of 3 and trained at the Joyce Mason School of Dance before gaining a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts from Staffordshire University, Julie has appeared in numerous productions for Tip Tip plus several  theatre companies in Chester and Wrexham as well as appearing in the feature film “In Love with Alma Cogan”.

No Pantomime would be complete without a Dame and so stepping into Sarah the Cook’s shoes is Kevin Dewsbury from Northwich. Kevin trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is a former member of the The National Youth Theatre. Kevin is a familliar face to sports fans, playing James in the Stanjames advertising campaign. As a stand-up comedian, Kevin has been a support act for Rhod Gilbert and Tim Vine as well as making regular appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Full details of “Dick Whittington” and all other shows and events at The Forum Studio Theatre can be found at www.chestertheatre.co.uk  where tickets can be booked online. Alternatively, contact the Box Office on 01244 341296.

submitted by Paul Crofts


Pic 1 shows: Eliza Hewitt-Jones who is playing Dick in “Dick Whittington”, this year’s Panto  bring staged by Tip Top Productions at The Forum Stdio Theatre in Chester.

Pic 3 shows: Julie Blagrove who is playing Fairy Bowbell in “Dick Whittington” at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester.

Pic 2 shows  Kevin Dewsbury who is playing Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester.


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