Hawes panto brings a new twist to an old tale with lots of local talent

The chorus

By Betsy Everett

Rehearsals are underway for the Wensleydale Music and Theatre Group’s festive pantomime, Dick Whittington and The Caribbean Pirates, a variation on the much-loved story.

Hawes Market House will be the venue for the four-night, plus one matinee, extravaganza starting on November 28, by the group which last year won the National Operatic and Drama Association’s north region performance award for its 2015 production of Wind in the Willows.

This year’s tale tells of Dick and his cat who, together with Alice, Alderman Fitzwarren and a host of characters, set sail for Morocco to buy dates – only to find that Captain Birdseye’s route is via the Caribbean to recover buried treasure.
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With popular songs such as In the Navy (Village People), The Last Night of the World (from Miss Saigon) and You Can’t Stop the Beat (from Hairspray), the production is the first to be directed by Amy Cockett, who is following in famous footsteps:  her late father-in-law, John Cockett, who revived the former Hawes Operatic Society nearly 60 years ago, directed them for 30 years.

Performances are at Hawes Market House, at 7.30 pm each day from Tuesday, November 28, to Friday, December 1, with a matinee at 2pm on Sunday, December 3.  Doors open half an hour before each performance. Tickets are £9 for adults and £6.50 for under-12s from Hawes community office and library (01969 667400) open Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturday 9am-12.30pm. Or book on-line at www.wensleydalemtg.co.uk

Subject to demand there will be a Little White Bus £7 return service from Leyburn, Redmire, Carperby, Askrigg, Bainbridge, West Witton, West Burton and Aysgarth for the Tuesday performance in Hawes. Advance bookings only, reservations to be made no later than Monday, November 20. Book early through the community office on 667400.

Fosters will also be running a bus subject to demand for the Sunday showing. The cost is £5 adult £2 child or £10 a family leaving Leyburn at 12.30 and stopping off in villages on the way.

Contact Liz on 07769-119271 to book.



Alderman Fitzwarren : Julia Di Duca

Alice Fitzwarren : India Atkinson

Sarah : Colin Tindill

Dick Whittington : Kory Spink

Idle Jack : Elizabeth Whitehead

Dozy Doris : Jemma Hogg

Cpt Birdseye : Graham Di Duca

Boson : Leonie Garrard

Mate : Nicole Sunter

King rat : Gillian Alderson

Nipper : Emma Robinson

Gnasher : Julie Waring

Holly : Jennifer Fawcett

Ivy : Bethany Sowerby

Tommy : Lola Reilly

Island chief : Carolyn Teasdale


  1. Could you please publish a correction and edit this post.. Sarah is to be played by Colin Tindill not Colin Tindall. This is the equivalent to your publication being referred to Richmond upon Thames Today! Be assured that I shall be ensuring that whoever gave you the copy will be severely repremanded with a breadstick nuch harder than the script calls for! I also that Mike and Hazel are not in the cast list.

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