My, how the year has flown by. I have come up to London for the final time this year to see the big Qdos pantomime at the London Palladium – Dick Whittington starring the big names in showbiz – Julian Clary, Elaine Page, Paul Zerdin & Sam, Gary Wilmot, Ashley Banjo and Diversity, and Charlie Stemp, who we saw earlier in the year in the excellent ‘Half a Sixpence.
We travelled up from Poole by train, not a good experience as the first train had no heating then we had to have a replacement bus from Southampton Central to Southampton Airport Parkway as they were doing engineering work in the tunnel. Finally we reached Waterloo and had a quick tube transfer and short walk to the Liverpool Street Travelodge. We intended to have a quick meal there before making our way to the Palladium. Unfortunately there was a choice of pizza, chips or both as there was a problem with the catering, so we opted for a pizza.
It was easy enough to catch the central line tube to Oxford Circus station, which is just round the corner from the theatre. We were up in the gods but had a fine view:
Once the pantomime started the time flew by. A London Qdos pantomime is really the creme de la creme of pantos, as was Cinderella last year. All the cast are brilliant. Julian Clary is always a laugh and he had some amazing costumes and general banter with cast and audience alike. Diversity are always in sync with inventive dance routines. Paul Zerdin, who we saw at the Tivoli in Wimborne, steals the show with Sam and one of the children at the end had us in stitches. G’ary Wilmot makes a very good dame and how he remembers all the words to his songs – specially the tube station song, I’ll never know. Nigel Havers plays his part well and they all seem to have a great laugh along the way. Charlie Stemp played Dick Whittington, with many a play on his name, which went straight over the children’s heads, but caused many a laugh with the adults in the audience.
We thoroughly enjoyed the show and would recommend you book for next year!