by Simon Rayner Davis published July 2014
Suitable for All Groups
This new version of the well known tale is a traditional and very funny family pantomime that will appeal to everyone of all ages and can be as elaborately or simply staged as local companies facilities allow. Once more Simon has also incorporated songs with specially rewritten lyrics to enhance the plot that can be used as appropriate although groups can equally choose their own songs.
King Rat is determined to take over London and become the town's next Lord Mayor. Fortunately Fairy Liquid has other ideas and tells King Rat that a certain Dick Whittington is destined to be London's Lord Mayor. Dick arrives in London, looking to make his fortune and immediately falls on his feet, being taken on as an apprentice to Alderman Fitzwarren, at the same time as falling head over heels in love with his daughter Alice. King Rat persuades Idle Jack, Fitzwarren's other disgruntled apprentice who is also in love with Alice to frame Dick for a crime he didn't commit to get rid of him. When that doesn'y work King Rat, along with his devoted Ratlings takes matters into his own hands and looks to drown Fitzwarren, his family and friends aboard the Armadillo. It is left to Dick and his cat Tom to save the day.
Players: 5 male 7 female, 3 male or female
Cast: Alderman Fitzwarren, Alice Fitzwarren, Sarah Suet, Idle Jack, Dick Whittington, Tom Cat, King Rat, Captain Goodness, Mrs Goodness, Midshipman Gracious, Mrs Gracious, Fairy Liquid, Sultan Vinegar, Sultana of Morocco, Gorilla
Sets: Various scenes set in London and Morocco
Period: 14th/15th century
Running Time: 2 hours
Notes: Production notes supplied
Download Sample Script: Dick Whittington