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Review: Dick Whittington Brings Festive Cheer to Phoenix Theatre, Blyth

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We were kindly invited along to See the fantastic Dick Whittington at Phoenix Theatre Blyth. Unfortunatley we couldnt make it but our writer Ollie and family headed along to check it out.

Olly headed to Blyth on Friday night with his family. Here's what he had to say

''Continuing our festive activities, on Friday evening we were invited along to the opening night of panto season at The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, to see this year's offering, Dick Whittington. We finished work and school, wrapped up warm and headed up the Northumberland coast, excited to see our first panto of the year.

This was our first visit to The Phoenix Theatre and our first impressions were great. It's a really cute little theatre situated in the heart of Blyth, the theatre space itself seats 300 people with a bar and foyer area attached. Unlike other larger theatres, I really don’t think it would be possible to have a bad seat, its a lovely little venue. Its location is right in the heart of a residential area of Blyth, so access and parking is really easy. We parked in a large, free car park no more than a 5 minute walk away.

On arriving, we were met by a number of super friendly and helpful volunteers which made the whole process of checking tickets and getting to our seats very easy. This was definitely a big plus, its a much calmer and relaxing experience than that of a big theatre production. Before we got comfy we made sure to check out the drinks, snacks and merchandise on sale in the foyer. There was a nice selection of family friendly goodies, all at really reasonable prices (2 large fruit shoots and 2 big bags of sweets were £8).

Once we were stocked up, we headed in to settle into our seats.

The show was fantastic, everything you would expect and want from a family trip to the panto. A great set was the backdrop for the fantastic cast that kept us well and truly entertained from start to finish. Special shout out goes to Idle Jack, whose energy and jokes were a firm favourite with our two boys. Plenty of silliness, jokes and audience participation kept our two boys laughing out loud throughout, highlights were a special version of the 12 days of Christmas and a very naughty Gorilla getting up to no good!

As with any good panto, there were also plenty of well hidden jokes for the grown ups too!

We had a fabulous night and enjoyed it from start to end. Obviously, we all know that Christmas is an expensive time of year and a trip to the panto is definitely a luxury. However, compared to other much larger productions, this really is a great, affordable option and you really wont feel like you're missing out on anything.

The show is running from the 1st - 17th December at The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, with a mixture of matinee and evening performances. Tickets are still available for the majority of performances and prices are as follows: Adults - £18.50, Concessions - £16.50.

Overall, we had a fantastic family night out and would highly recommend it to anyone still looking to book panto tickets this festive season.''

We are so happy to hear that Ollie and his family had a wonderful time at the panto.

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