Making his Birmingham Panto debut, Dr Ranj plays the ‘Spirit of the Bells’. Dazzling us with his rather sparkly outfit, Dr Ranj really does immerse himself in the wonderful world of Panto, with many jokes at his expense about his ‘day job’. He takes it all in his stride and lights up the stage each time he appears.
Another regular to the Hippodrome stage is Doreen Tipton, this year playing the ‘Cat’. Doreen is infamous for her ‘lazy’ attitude towards working and her local accent really does provide many hilarious moments. She has a great rapport with all cast members and genuinely makes me laugh by just her facial expressions alone, not to mention her rather incredible singing voice during a rendition of ‘Memory’.
This Pantomime really is the best I’ve seen at the Hippodrome for a very long time and it’s no surprise when you know it’s co-written by Matt Slack himself and devised by Michael Harrison of Crossroads Pantomimes. The quality of the overall production is second to none and you feel that there has been no expense spared anywhere. With a very talented and hardworking ensemble cast, this show has it all.
I could wax lyrical for pages and pages about why this show is a must see over the festive season, but maybe go and see for yourself why Birmingham Hippodrome is one of the leading lights in Pantomime fun!
Dick Whittington runs until the 29th January 2023. Tickets available here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/dick-whittington-two/
Photo credit: Paul Coltas