Dick Whittington

Louise Gold made her professional debut, as Fairy Bowbells, at The Malvern Festival Theatre, 22 December 1973 and 5 January 1974.



Dick Whittington - Carol Cleveland

Tommy The Cat - Yvette Byrne

Alice Fitzwarren - Linda Coates

Sarah The Cook - Brian E. Cook

King Rat - Peter Brett

Fairy Bowbells - Louise Gold

Alderman Fitzwarren - Alan Wilson

Idle Jack - Neil France

Captain Hookline - Martin Wimbush

First Mate Jim Shirker - Ann Spicer

Sultana of Morocco - Rosemarie Croom-Johnson

Chorus - Eight Boys And Girls, including: Graham Pountney, Mark Harris, Jeremy Coles, Russell Alkins, Josette Lessor, Susan Meadows, Lucille Sage, and, Dominique De Wynter.


Production Team

 Director - Brian E. Cook

Choreographer - Collin Pilditch

Musical Director – Alan Grocott

Scenary Design – Richard Hammond

Costume Design – Gabrielle Edlin

Producer – Charles Vance, in association with The Malvern Festival Theatre Trust

Dogs  - belonging to various members of the company


Performances were daily at 2:30pm and 6:30pm with an additional performance on Saturday 29 December at 10:30am.

Seats cost 85p, 60p & 50p, with concessions for OAP’s and children (except Boxing Day and Saturdays) at 55p, 45p & 30p.

At the time of making her professional debut (at the age of about 17), Louise Gold was still studying at the Arts Educational School. The previous year, another Arts Ed pupil, Nicky Croydon (who went on to appear with Ms Gold in Hair) had also made her professional debut in pantomime at Malvern.

Since making her professional stage debut, Louise Gold’s career has gone on to span a wide range of roles in various productions, for example: 2 years later found her in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (York Production) at Theatre Royal York, 9 years later she was playing Isabel in The Pirates Of Penzance (Stage production) at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 11 years later she was singing in Mrs Cole’s Music Hall at The Mill in Sonnig, 21 years later she was starring in the title role in Calamity Jane at The Leicester Haymarket, 27 years later she was playing Tanya (one of the dynamos) in Mamma Mia at the Prince Edward Theatre in London, 31 years later she was playing Baroness Bomeburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The London Palladium, 33 & 34 years later she was back at the Prince Edward Theatre playing Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, and 35, 36 & 37 years later she was back at Theatre Royal Drury Lane playing various roles in Oliver!.


Critics Comments

 “There is something very endearingly ingenuous about The Malvern Festival Theatre panto show, with as agreeable a bunch of entertainers as one could wish for, and they make the old story of ‘Dick Whittington and his Cat’ turn up all bright and new....  Peter Brett, in a fantastic costume and make up, as King Rat and Louise Gold as Fairy Bowbell conduct a lively contest between good and evil.” G.M, MALVERN GAZETTE, 27 December 1973

 “Yvette Byrne is a very loveable Tommy The cat, with Linda Coates as Alice Fitzwarren and Louise Gold as Fairy Bowbell.” THE STAGE, 10 January 1974


Links about Dick Whittington

Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml

Carol Cleveland’s website CV: http://www.carolcleveland.com/cv.htm (the panto mentioned in her credits):

 Agency Licensing Campaign (article in The Stage): http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/31022/theatre-stars-back-campaign-for-talent-agency, and Online Petition (which anyone who supports it can sign): http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41085.html , seeing as Carol Cleveland is among the performers backing this worthy campaign.


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