Dick Whittington - review

PUBLISHED: 09:03 17 December 2010

Barbara Windsor

Barbara Windsor

Archant

IF CHEESY gags is what you are after in a pantomime - then The Bristol Hippodrome is the place for you this Christmas.

True star of the show in Dick Whittington last night (Thurs) was lady of the Queen Vic, Barbara Windsor - a legend.

Not in the least bit graceful in her Fairy Bowbells costume, Babs’ reputation alone would have got her through the performance - but she did so much more.

The famous Carry On star, who has recently left her role as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, has not appeared in pantomime since 1995.

The eye-catching set was glittering in all its festive glory, but the best part of the pantomime was the modern twist to show a 3D film clip in the second half.

Audiences were stunned into silence - apart from the odd ‘wow’ - after donning their complimentary 3D glasses and watching the footage - very clever.

Joining Barbara in the production is Andy Ford as Idle Jack.

One of the country’s best panto comics, he also appeared at The Bristol Hippodrome in Snow White to rave reviews and also in his one man live show.

Eric Potts also takes to the stage as Sarah the Cook. He is best known for his role as the comedy baker Diggory Compton in Coronation Street.

Carly Day stars as Alice Fitzwilliam and the title role Dick is played by Owain Williams, who was recently at the venue starring in Les Miserables.

The pantomime will run until January 9.

Tickets, priced £19.50-29, are available from www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk

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