Review: Dick Whittington at the Met is “interactive, romantic and great fun”

The Christmas Classic has landed at the Met Theatre in Bury

The Bury Met is a beautiful place full of bright colours and Christmas decorations, fully embracing the festive spirit.

And this Christmas they are showing Dick Whittington, a stone cold Christmas classic.

The stage is set up of crossroads leading to both Bury and London.

Dick (who is played by Connor Baldwin) walks off the stage and past everyone into the back as the show starts with Fairy Bowbells, (Naomi Wynter) the Postman (Ian Hayles) discussing the events of the show and talking to the audience.

It starts off very interactive and the children here in Bury are thrilled and loving every moment of it despite the cold.

The cast are very professional and quick thinkers as children can be unpredictable.

There is a moment when Sarah the Cook (Robert Styles) gets all the men in the audience to stand up and sing with them and then they choose one person who they really liked to mention throughout the show.

The show’s star is Peter and his amazing Christmas jumper.

As the show goes on, there’s a moment when Alderman Fitzwarren (also played by Ian Hayles) is about to have a romantic moment but a  young child in the audience interjected with, “What about Peter?”

The cast find it very hard to keep a straight face but they do and they make eye contact with Peter trying to hold in their laughter.

My two stand out performances have got to be Naomi Wynter and Robert Styles. Wynter forgot the dance to one of the songs and instead of trying to keep up with everyone else, she proceeded to do the robot which got a massive cheer.

Styles has all the great jokes and keeps the parents and older members of the audience going. They kept the audience of their feet with everything they did, we did not know whether or not they were going to interact with the audience or stay on script!

Also those outfit changes!

Honourable mentions, Leni Murphy who plays The Cat, who also gets their name during the show. Baldwin asks a child in the audience what would be a good name for a cat and the child replied with “Bob!”; So, her name was Bob the Cat.

She has a standout scene where she sings and I do not want to spoil the fun but the song is fantastic!

All in all, a great show that had everyone singing along to all the popular songs and even the ones that were original songs.

Dick Whittngton is on at The Bury Met till Christmas Eve and there are various performances such as BSL signed ones and a relaxed performance for young ones.

You can get your tickets to see this Christmas classic here. 


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