Dick Whittington

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Sat 26 November 2016
Sun 8 January 2017
Approximate running time 2 hrs 40 minutes, including interval
£10 – £26.50
Mercury Main Theatre


Mercury panto stars Dale Superville, Antony Stuart-Hicks and Ignatius Anthony, (Wishee Washee, Widow Twanky and Abanazar in last year’s Aladdin) are back to tell the rags-to-riches tale of Dick Whittington – the Essex boy who heads to London to find out if the streets are paved with gold.

When Dick arrives in the big city and meets Alice, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, he thinks all his dreams have come true – that is until the evil Ratty King decides that the boy is in the way of his plan to seize power and sniffs out a plot to get him thrown out of town!

In a story that takes Dick and his trusty cat away from London, across the ocean to Morocco, and back again to save the day, this year’s Mercury panto promises high drama on the high seas, plus masses of slapstick comedy and spectacular effects. A treat for all the family!

Sneak a peek into the rehearsal room!

The Gazette’s Arts Editor, Neil D’Arcy-Jones, joined our Junior Chorus in rehearsals as they prepared for panto. See how he got on in the film below. It’s a Len Goodman style “SEVEN” from us!


Will someone in your party have their birthday on the day they’re attending the show? Would you like a chance of a shout out from the stage?

CLICK HERE to sign the birthday / shout out book!

Relaxed Performances supported by Colchester Catalyst

Fantastic for Families

Look back on the laughs from 2014 & 2015!



Make a night of it by booking a pre-show meal at Food @ the Mercury. Simply add either a two (£13.95) or three course (£15.95) meal to your basket along with your theatre tickets.

No need to choose what you are having in advance – simply select from the delicious options available on the night.

This show has been paired with our Panto Time menu. Click here to take a look!

Please note this offer applies to evening performances only. Click here to see our daytime dining options.

Antony Stuart Hicks HEADSHOT 2

Antony Stuart-Hicks

Sarah the Cook

Dale Superville HEADSHOT 7

Dale Superville

Idle Jack

Glenn Adamson HEADSHOT 1

Glenn Adamson

Dick Whittington

Gracie Lai HEADSHOT 1

Gracie Lai


Ignatius Anthony HEADSHOT 1

Ignatius Anthony

Ratty King

Barbara Hockaday HEADSHOT 1

Barbara Hockaday

Fairy Bow Bells / Captain Barnacle

Richard Earl HEADSHOT 2

Richard Earl

Alderman Fitzwarren

Grace Eccle HEADSHOT 1

Grace Eccle

Alice Fitzwarren

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Shane McDaid

Male Ensemble / Understudy

Millie Binks 1

Millie Binks

Female Ensemble / Understudy


Hits all the right notes for a super seasonal show

Colchester Gazette


The Colchester Mercury has a well deserved reputation for staging some of the most lavish traditional pantomimes in East Anglia.

East Anglian Daily Times


Traditional panto is gorgeously designed and assuredly delivered

The Stage


Great family entertainment with fun for both the adults and the children

Theatre Life


Fun and fresh

The Reviews Hub


Dick Whittington at the Mercury Theatre is full of fun

Ipswich 24


laughter and merriment and should definitely be on your list this Christmas.

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