Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:55

Former Mayor stars in panto

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Nichola Hunt  painting scenery for Dick Whittington at the Bull Theatre with Suzi Earnshaw Nichola Hunt painting scenery for Dick Whittington at the Bull Theatre with Suzi Earnshaw
A strong local cast from around Barnet, including former pupils at the Suzi Earnshaw Theatre School, will be appearing in Dick Whittington, this year’s Christmas pantomime at the Bull Theatre.

Councillor David Longstaff, actor, High Barnet councillor and former Mayor of Barnet, will be taking on the part of the dame.

Dick Whittington will be performed by another Barnet actor, David Wood, who will be helping to promote the pantomime together with other cast members at Barnet Christmas Fayre on Sunday 2 December.

In fact, he will have a leading role – as “Councillor Richard Whittington, Lord Mayor of London” – and will be opening the fayre in Barnet High Street at 12noon.

Other leading parts in the pantomime have gone to Miriam Nyarko, who has just completed filming for a series on CBBC and will be Dick Whittington’s cat, and Beverley Cramb, who will be Alice. Both are former pupils of the theatre school.

Miranda Colemans, of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Theatre Group, will be Queen Rat and Cathy McManamon the fairy.   The production is directed by Simon Rawlings who has spent many years producing local pantomimes.

Dick Whittington opens at the Bull on Saturday 15 December, with performances at 12 noon and 3.30pm, and runs until Sunday 30 December.  Suzi Earnshaw is appealing for stewards to help with the Christmas Fayre and for ushers and ice cream sellers to help with the pantomime.

“We are hoping Dick Whittington will be a real financial success because we need new seating for the Bull Theatre and work on our heating and air conditioning, which are both on their last legs.”

Local artists have been giving their support: David Black provided the artwork for the pantomime poster and flyer and Nichola Hunt, chair of the Barnet Guild of Artists, is among those helping to decorate the scenery for Fitzwarren’s sweet shop.

Ms Hunt said it was the first time she had helped with the pantomime but was only too pleased to volunteer to assist behind the scenes with such an important community event.  

Dates and times for Dick Whittington at the Bull Theatre:
Performances 12 noon and 3.30pm on Saturday 15 December; Sunday 16 September; Thursday 20 December; Friday 21 December; Saturday 22 December; Sunday 23 December.
Performances 2pm Monday 24 December and Wednesday 26 December.
Performances 12 noon and 3.30pm Thursday 27 December.
Performances 3.30pm and 7.30pm Friday 28 December.
Performances 12 noon and 3.30pm Saturday 29 December and Sunday 30 December.  

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