Pack up your hanky and join plucky Dick Whittington and his trusty cat on their quest for fame and fortune. Their magical rags to riches tale takes us to London where the streets are paved with gold.

The legendary Playhouse panto returns full of sparkle, excitement and fun.  Our hero’s incredible escapades take him onto the High Seas, into battle with the evil King Rat and see him fall head over heels in love with his boss’s daughter Alice. All the while the magical Bow Bells are whispering his destiny – to become Mayor of London!

Packed with dazzling dance, a brilliant live band and swashbuckling adventure, the show reunites us with Nottingham’s favourite panto dame John Elkington, who’ll be serving up some comedy chaos as Sarah the Cook.

Full of fun, singing and lots of action – we promise to have you buzzing from a fantastic, festive night out.

Creative Team

Writer and Director Adam Penford
Set and Costume Designer Mark Walters
Musical Director John Morton
Lighting Designer Sally Ferguson
Sound Designer Adam Fisher
Casting Pearson Casting

COVID Guarantee

Should your booking be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, you will be offered a refund, account credit or a ticket exchange (where available), giving you peace of mind when you book.

We also have a number of reduced capacity performances for those who would feel more comfortable with extra space between themselves and other parties. These will take place:

  • Thu 15 Dec, 7.30pm
  • Wed 28 Dec, 7.30pm
  • Thu 5 Jan, 7.30pm


John Elkington
John Elkington


Family Tickets

See panto and save! Family tickets are available from £82 to £122 for 4 tickets (including up to 2 adults).


Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on full price tickets.

Discount will be automatically applied on the ‘Checkout’ screen. Book up to 20 tickets online with the groups discount, discounts vary per performance and are subject to availability.

Offer does not apply on:

Tue 29 Nov Sat 24 Dec
Sat 10 Dec Mon 26 Dec
Sat 17 Dec Tue 27 Dec
Thu 22 Dec Sat 14 Jan
Fri 23 Dec

See the list of discounted performances on the Group Discounts Page.

Have a large group looking to attend? Please call our Box Office on 0115 941 9419 member of the team will be able to assist.


Show tickets for school pupils are £12.50 each (one teacher goes free with every 10 tickets purchased). Find out more about School Visits here and book by calling our Box Office on 0115 941 9419.


An extra £1.50 charge will be added to your order if you would like your tickets posted to you. (Postage free to Playhouse Pass members.)


We provide British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description for this production, as well as a Relaxed Performance and a Dementia-friendly performance. Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.

Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse here.