Latest news / 15 July, 2019
Wycombe Swan Theatre have today announced that the title role in this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington, will be played by Love Island contestant, professional dancer Curtis Pritchard.
Curtis will be swapping the sunshine of Majorca to spend Christmas in High Wycombe in this fabulous new production of the tale which sees Dick Whittington (and his trusty cat) seek fame, fortune and happiness as they journey to become the Lord Mayor of London, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells.
The 23-year-old ballroom dancer and choreographer joined the cast of the Irish TV show Dancing With The Stars as a professional dancer in the debut series in 2017, partnered with model Thalia Heffernan, returning in 2018 to compete with Irish television personality Norah Casey.
In 2018, Pritchard appeared alongside his brother AJ in the celebrity version of the Channel 4 show Hunted.
Speaking before heading to the Love Island villa to compete in this year’s ITV2 show Curtis said “I’m so happy to be making my professional pantomime debut this year, and am delighted to be part of such an important part of so many families Christmases”.
Dick Whittington will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer with over 700 productions to its credit. Executive Producer for Qdos, Jonathan Kiley, said “We’re absolutely delighted to have Curtis with us in our Wycombe Swan pantomime this Christmas. Audiences will certainly be able to enjoy Curtis’ dancing talent, alongside lots of comedy, in this pantomime adventure for all the family”.
Wycombe Swan Theatre Director David Mansfield said “Following on from a bumper Christmas season starring Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, we’re excited to be welcoming another spectacularly talented dancer, Curtis Pritchard, straight from Love Island and Dancing with the Stars. We’re excited to welcome Curtis to High Wycombe, and are positive audiences will be delighted with this brand new production from the world’s biggest pantomime producer.”
Dick Whittington replaces the previously advertised production of Peter Pan at the Buckinghamshire venue. Existing ticket holders have been contacted. Further casting will be announced soon.