Knaresborough Players’ new panto marks 50th anniversary

Knaresborough Players' production of Dick Whittington at Frazer Theatre.  (Picture by Philip Tennant)
Knaresborough Players' production of Dick Whittington at Frazer Theatre. (Picture by Philip Tennant)
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By Graham Chalmers

Players launch their annual pantomime - and it’s an even more special occasion than ever.

When the Dick Whittington fun begins on stage at Frazer Theatre on Thursday, January 23, it will be the Players’ 50th year at the venue.

This fun-filled version of the traditional tale will be brought to life with all the favourite characters including Tommy the Cat, Sarah the Cook, King Rat and, of course, Dick Whittington himself.

Comedy routines pack the script while telling the famous story.

The Players first put on a show at Frazer Theatre in February 1964 when it was then known as the Elephant and Castle Ballroom.

Both the group and the venue have come a long way since then and their golden anniversary is clearly worth a proper celebration.

As well as Dick Whittington itself, a new book is about to be published by Knaresborough-based writer Bernie Crosthwaite.

Fifty Years at the Frazer is an illustrated booklet telling the story of the Players and their theatre all the way up to the present day.

Dick Whittington runs until Saturday, January 25, and then from Wednesday, January 29 until Saturday, February 1.

There will be matinees on both Saturday afternoons starting at 2.30pm.

All evening performances will start at 7pm, except for the final performance on Saturday, February 1 which will begin at 6.30pm.

Tickets are available from The Old Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough or on 07759 053804.