Dick Whittington at Birmingham Hippodrome Review by Stephs World

Dick Whittington // Birmingham Hippodrome

Every year I try to head to the Pantomime, and this year was no different. I know that I am 20+, but I still love going to the Panto with my family and just having a giggle. This years  Panto was Dick Whittington at Birminham Hippodrome.

A Little About Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington is a panto which I had never seen before, nor did not know what to expect from the story. The story follows a man called Dick Whittington who is just an ordinary guy who wants to be Lord Mayor of London and marry Alice (the daughter of 2 shopkeepers). Along the way, the evil King Rat is also wanting to take over the world with his rats and will do anything to take down Dick Whittington. Dick is set the task of defeating King Rat to become Lord Mayor of London and obviously getting the girl, Alice.

My Thoughts on the Show

With a list of stars and returning Panto faces, Dick Whittington had a lot to live up to. The cast included John Barrowman (Dr Who, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Dancing on Ice), Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell – Eastenders), Matt Slack (Actor/Comedian), The Krankies (Comedy Duo), Jodie Prenger (I’d Do Anything) and Danielle Hope (Theatre Actor).

I have seen John Barrowman previously on stage and kind of knew what to expect. John is always full of energy, bubbly, a great singer, performer and interacts with the audience perfectly. If audience members also shout out things to John like “you’re sexy” or “it was Phil” (which happened), he always makes a joke of it and finds a way to include it in the show. He is just a brilliant Panto star!

Steve McFadden was perfect as the evil King Rat. He has his grumble-y voice and evil looks which really make the part of the bad guy brilliant. I had never seen Steve before in Panto, but he was perfect for the role.

Matt Slack. Oh, Matt Slack. Where do I start with him? I have seen matt 2 or 3 times now in Panto and he steals the show. He’s funny, interacts with the audience, not scared to get stuck in and interacts with the other cast members perfectly. He even makes them laugh! Himself and Andrew Ryan (Pantomime Dame) his on-stage Mom both have great scenes, one being where they are picking out DVD’s while telling a story and coming up with lines such as “It’s bad for your ‘Elf'” and also “We were trying to ‘Free Willy'”. You had to be there 🙂

The Krankies unfortunately went over my head. I just don’t really get the sense of humour where a 68 year old woman dresses up as a school boy and also as Madonna in her pointed bra. I think it left the audience just a little perplexed. Their interaction with John Barrowman was great though and I think it held their act together.

I really enjoyed the show and the special effects really made the show a spectacle. There was a 3D undersea experience, a large rat which comes out into the adience as well as a shark and a reindeer & sleigh. It was amazing!

I couldn’t go through this review without saying how great the support cast, dancers & singers were as well as the lighting & sound guys and the friendly in-house staff.

Other Information and Review

Review Score – 4/5

Location – Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB

Date Seen – Saturday 7th January 2017 (Matinee Performance)

Top Tips – Don’t sit in Row A of the Stalls. You will be picked on!

Where to Buy Tickets – Birmingham Hippodrome Website – Running until 29th January 2017

  • Lucy

    Aww this sounds like so much fun!! I want to see a pantomime with my son this year and there are plenty in Brighton so will have to go xxxx


  • Ahhh love this!! My family and I always go to the Panto at Christmas! It is such a good family funny show!!
    How cool was the cast tho, Phil Mitchell as the baddie. Classic!!
    Thanks for sharing!! xox

  • Amy Eade

    Ahh I haven’t seen a panto for years! This really makes me want to go as dick Whittington I remember from when I was little!
    Amy xx

  • Tasha Louise

    This sounds so much fun!!

  • Debra-Bow

    Great review. I haven’t been to a pantomime for years! Got to make it a point on my list of things to do this year!

  • Libby Xo

    OH. MY. GOD. John Barrowman is such a God, I’m so jealous you’ve seen him in the flesh!

    I used to go to panto every year but it’s been years since the last time! I’m deffo going this Christmas!


  • I love John Barrowman so much, you’re so lucky! I haven’t been to a panto since before I came to uni x

  • Sian…

    This cast is huge! Full f West End stars and credible actors! I actually used to perform in pantos when I was younger (I did Babes in the Woods and Snow White) and they were so much fun! And I got tonnes of time off school as well! I haven’t been to a panto since as I think they’re a bit dated now and in Hull, we get dreadful actors in them! I’d definitely consider going if the line-ups were better though!

    Sian x

  • Food & Baker

    Omg I was right, I thought that was Phil Mitchell there haha

    Never heard of this one before but it sounds so good and we’re glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  • Ahhh I went to see Mamma Mia at the hippodrome, and saw the pantomime bits on the way to the toilet and I really wanted to go. I haven’t been to a pantomime for so long, probably back when I was in primary school. And its good to have a laugh every now and again!

    Katie | http://silverglowx.com

  • I have never been to the Panto but it sounds like such a fun experience! Good thing you mentioned where not to sit so others know that they will be picked on. I love John Barrowman from everything I’ve seen him in and the rest of the cast sounds fabulous as well. I’m glad you had fun! (:

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