Are you dame for a laugh?

Coquetdale Amateur Dramatic Society is performing Dick Whittington and His Cat.
Coquetdale Amateur Dramatic Society is performing Dick Whittington and His Cat.

A classic panto is being staged in Rothbury from tomorrow to bring laughter and smiles to the faces of young and old alike.

Coquetdale Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) will be performing the fun-filled show, Dick Whittington and His Cat, in the village’s Jubilee Hall.

This year’s production comes on the back of the successful 2014 show, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, and marks a change in direction for the group.

CADS general secretary Pat Lewis said: “We have returned to pantomime this year after a beak of seven years and we have been hard at work to make this a resounding success.”

Dick Whittington and His Cat is the name of English folklore surrounding the real-life Richard Whittington, who was a wealthy merchant and later Lord Mayor of London.

It tells the story of how he supposedly escaped his poverty-stricken childhood and made his fortune, thanks to the ratting abilities of his cat.

The group is promising to pack the show full of the typical panto ingredients, including a mixture of goodies and baddies, a very eccentric and larger-than-life dame, lots of laughs and plenty of audience participation.

CADS is keen to stress that the production will appeal to all the family.

Pat added: “This show will appeal to all ages. There really is something for everyone.”

Dick Whittington and His Cat starts tomorrow at 2.30pm, and will then be shown from Thursday, February 12, to Saturday, February 14, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £7.50, £6.50 conc, £4.50 over fives and are available on 07884 350985 or from Tully’s in the village.