National Theatre reopens to stage panto for second time in its history

Dick Whittington presented in new in-the-round season that includes sequel to hit football play Death of England

The National Theatre in London is to reopen next month with a season that includes a pantomime production. It is only the second panto in the theatre’s history. Dick Whittington, written by comedian Cariad Lloyd and Jude Christian, will be staged in the South Bank venue’s Olivier theatre, which is to be significantly remodelled as an in-the-round space to fit a socially distanced audience of almost 500.

Lloyd and Christian’s pantomime was produced at the Lyric Hammersmith in London in 2018 but will be updated and will be directed by Ned Bennett. It is cheering news for panto lovers after many theatres in London and around the UK have either cancelled or postponed their productions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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