TYPE OF SCRIPT: Full length
CHARACTERS (M/F): 16-24 (doubling possible)
RUNNING TIME: 115 mins (approx)
FIRST PERFORMED: 2009
SCRIPT SAMPLE [download available soon]
SET: Various, designed for flexible staging
The famous tale of DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT – the boy who travelled to London to make his name and his fortune – has been popular in England since the fifteenth century. Part true story, part Persian myth, his adventure has survived the ages through the magic of pantomime.
This exciting, fast-paced treatment of one of the best-ever pantomime stories feels totally modern, while paying faithful homage to the roots of the tale. DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT is a fantastic adventure by award-winning playwright Alexander Vail, which appeals to every age group and delighted packed audiences on its 2009 debut.
“The Katie Price used to be a much smaller boat, but she’s had one extension after another. She’s generated quite a bit of press coverage over the years. I remember the first time I clapped eyes on her at the auction. I thought, “well, she’s got a bit of a mucky rudder, but great ballast up top.” And I thought to myself “get on board her and she’ll make you a fortune.” ”
DICK WHITTINGTON, a poor boy, off to London to make his fortune
SAUCEPAN SALLY, the cook
ALDERMAN FITZWARREN, a merchant and pillar of the community
ALICE FITZWARREN, his daughter
KING RAT, leads the rats in the sewers of London
SCRATCHIT & SNIFFIT, his hench-rats
KINGO RATTO, leads the rats of Fruitcake Island
SCRATCHITO & SNIFFITO, his hench-rats
SULTANA RAISIN, queen of Fruitcake Island
PANNO RAISIN & RUMANNE RAISIN, her servants
CAPTAIN of the “Katie Price”
ORHEYHORH, a French ship’s cook
SIR WILLIAM & LADY WHITTINGTON, Dick’s parents
WILLY WHITTINGTON, Dick’s brother
Eighteen scenes take place between: Alderman Fitzwarren’s Store, King Rat’s underground lair, Hampstead Hill, onboard the “Katie Price”, the beach and the Sultana’s throne room.
DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT was first performed at Beckenham Theatre Centre in December 2009.
To request a perusal script for DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT by Alexander Vail, please email me.