Dick Whittington's in Axminster

PUBLISHED: 13:48 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

THE final rehearsal for the pantomime takes place tonight (Wednesday) before Dick Whittington opens to the public. Scene builders have been working hard over recent weeks to create the set, with the finishing touches going into place over the last weekend

THE final rehearsal for the pantomime takes place tonight (Wednesday) before Dick Whittington opens to the public.Scene builders have been working hard over recent weeks to create the set, with the finishing touches going into place over the last weekend.Written by Chris Lane, who is also playing a rat in the production, the show has all the traditional ingredients for pantomime.The script deviates slightly from the traditional story but it contains many family jokes, special effects and the usual slapstick scenes.Dick Whittington is played by Philippa Glanvill, and his cat by Josie Cable.On the road to London, they meet up with his love interest, Alice Fitzwarren, played by Rachael Forman.Rats feature very heavily in this show with an adult trio of Chris Lane, Norma dark and Caroline Markham playing parts central to the plot.There are also five Abba-singing rats who cause great distress to the palace courtiers by bursting into an Abba song every time a cast member inadvertently gives them a cue line.The production runs from Thursday, January 17 to Saturday, January 19, with evening shows starting at 7.30pm and a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.Tickets, priced £6 for adults and £5 for children and OAPs, are available from Archway Bookshop, Church Street, on (01297) 33595.

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