Dick Whittington And His Magical Cat (Perusal)

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Synopsis:

Simple country boy Dick Whittington, makes his way from Gloucester to London seeking his fortune. But Puss, his magical travelling companion, is less than enthusiastic about the trip. Dick soon discovers that the streets of London aren’t paved with gold, and instead ends up doing battle with the evil King Rat. This battle between good and evil, eventually culminates in far-away Morocco.

Roles:

9 principals 2 smaller roles (Sultan & Wazir in Scene 10 only) plus some cameo’s and a chorus.

Runtime:

All of our scripts have a runtime of approx 120 minutes, assuming that you use the full number of suggested musical numbers and not including any interval. But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit.

Music:

All of our pantomimes come with a full, suggested songs and music cues and SFX list.

Style:

Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

Free Sample

Characters

Alderman Fitzwarren
Alice Fitzwarren
Sally Forth
Dick Whittington
Idle Jack
Captain Sinkham
Fairy Bowbelles
King Rat
Puss

Chorus/Minor roles

Sultan of Morocco
Wazir
Gorilla
Roger Van Hornblower
Policemen,
Royal Guards, Londoners, Islanders, Attendants, etc.

Scene One

Old London Town


Curtains open on a busy street-market scene, set in front of a backdrop of old London with St Paul’s Cathedral in the centre. Fitzwarren’s shop front is (USR) and a pub with a sign reading ‘The Old Vic’ is (USL) Stalls are set on stage and a Chorus of Shoppers move between them. Music cue 1: Alice & Shoppers. After song ends…

Alice

(finishes talking to a Stallholder and they both laugh as she walks away. Notices audience) Oh, hello! I’m Alice Fitzwarren! How do you do? Welcome to London town. I love it here you know.  Every day is so exciting, and you never know what’s just around the corner.

Chorus 1

(to audience) But it’s usually a rat.

Alice

Well I will admit that London does have a bit of a rat problem.

Chorus 2

(incredulous) A ‘bit’ of a problem?

Chorus 3

We’re overrun with them!

Fitzwarren enters (DSR)

Fitzwarren

Good morning everyone!

Chorus

Good morning, Alderman Fitzwarren!

Alice

Good morning father.

Fitzwarren

Good morning Alice.

Music cue 2: Rats run on (SL) and chase Chorus off (SR) screaming.

Alice

It’s about time someone did something about London’s rat problem, father.

Fitzwarren

I agree Alice. Let’s just hope that the new Lord Mayor sorts it out. Now have you been getting organised, ready for our trip to Morocco tomorrow?

Alice

Yes, father.

Fitzwarren

Good. And have you seen Sally this morning?

Alice

I think I saw her in the kitchen earlier. I’ll just go and find her for you. (exits USR)

Fitzwarren

(to audience) Oh, hello. I’m Alderman Fitzwarren and…(pointing)…that’s my shop just there. And it’s stocked with all kinds of exotic goods. I travel the world to find them, and I’m about to embark on a trip to Morocco to bring back several barrels of dates. (wistful) I wouldn’t mind a date myself actually. You see I lost my wife five years ago. (audience ‘aaah’) No she isn’t dead. She just ran off with someone younger, richer and more handsome. Personally, I can’t see what she saw in him. But at least I still have my beautiful daughter Alice, for comfort.

Music cue 3: Sally enters (SL)

Sally

(to audience) Hello everybody! At last a bit of class has arrived!

Fitzwarren

(looking past her) Where?

Sally

It’s me, you silly Alderman! Honestly, not many employers can boast that they have the best cook in London.

Fitzwarren

I know. (aside to audience) And I’m one of them.

Sally

Well, aren’t you going to introduce me to this lot…(indicates audience)…then?

Fitzwarren

Oh, very well. (to audience) This is Sally Forth, my cook. Although I use the term ‘cook’ advisedly.

Sally

Well, ‘celebrity chef’ would be more in keeping with my culinary standing.

Fitzwarren

(to audience) Most people stand well back when she’s cooking. (to Sally) I’m just off inside to check on things, Sally. (waves to audience) Cheerio! (exits into shop)

Sally

(calling after him) And cheerio to you too! (to audience) Hello boys and girls! (audience respond) I said, ‘hello boys and girls’! (audience respond) That’s better. Now I like to make things nice and friendly around here. So every time I come on and shout ‘hello boys and girls’. I want you to all shout back ‘hello Sally’! Will you do that for me? (audience respond) Fantastic! Let’s try it shall we. (exits and re-enters until satisfied) That was wonderful! Now who would like a boiled sweet? (audience respond) Oh, quite a lot of you. Well I’m afraid I only have the one, so you’ll just have to share. (produces a sweet and gives it to a person on the front row) There you are, dear. Just give it a suck and then pass it on.  Well I’d love to chat some more, but I have to go and get thAlderman’s breakfast ready. I’m doing him cornflakes in ketchup, followed by bacon and banana omelette. I’ve also got a turkey to get in the oven. I’ve got it plucked and stuffed, and now it just needs killing. Bye then, see you all later! (exits into shop)


Dick enters (SR) with Puss.

Dick

London at last, Puss! It seems like we only left Gloucester five minutes ago, and we’re here already.

Puss

(dryly) We must have encountered some sort of time-warp, on the way. It’s just as well though, ‘cos my poor paws are red-raw, and this suitcase weighs a ton.

Dick

My feet are killing me also, Puss. I have blisters on my blisters. But it’ll all be worth it, now that we’ve reached the town where the streets are paved with gold.

Puss

So you keep saying. Personally, I can’t help thinking that you’re deluding yourself.

Dick

Then let’s ask the boys and girls what they think. (to audience) Do you believe the streets of London are paved with gold, boys and girls? (audience respond)

Puss

You see? They don’t believe in something as ridiculous as that either.

Dick

I don’t see why not. They seem quite happy to believe in a talking cat.

Puss

And why shouldn’t they? Humans are always talking to their pets, so we’re bound to pick it up eventually. (preens) Well, the clever ones amongst us anyway.

Dick

Well if they can believe in talking cats, they can believe in streets paved with gold.

Music cue 4: King Rat enters (SL)

King Rat

(to audience) Shaddup you lot! (pointing around the audience) I hate you! And you! And you! But most of all, I hate…(turns to Dick)…you!

Dick

(shocked) Me! But I don’t even know you!

King Rat

Then allow me to introduce myself. (dramatically) I, am King Rat!

Dick

King Rat?

King Rat

That’s what I just said, cloth-ears! My rat subjects are everywhere. In the dustbins, under the floorboards, in the drains. We’re even in the kitchens here at…(current theatre) So I wouldn’t eat anything that looks like it contains raisins if I were you.

Dick

Thanks for the warning. But why do you hate me when we’ve never met before?

King Rat

Because you have a cat, and I hate cats and anyone who owns them. (pointing at Puss) And yours is a particularly mangy specimen.

Puss

How dare you! I lick myself from tip to toe every morning.

King Rat

(to audience) And they call us rats, ‘disgusting’.

Dick

You want to watch it, you know. Puss here is the best rat-catcher in the business, and he could gobble you up in a flash.

King Rat

(sarcastically) Oh, meow. I’m really scared. Look, my knees are knocking. I’d advise you to head back to the sticks, and take your smelly cat with you. Before I destroy you both! (laughs and exits SL)

Dick

(picking up his case) That’s it Puss, we’re heading back to Gloucester.

Puss

Suits me.  I never wanted to come here in the first place.

They go to exit (SR)

Music cue 5: Bowbelles enters (SR) and Dick and Puss halt in their tracks.

Bowbelles

Stop right there, Dick Whittington!

Dick

How did you know my name?

Bowbelles

(pointing to his suitcase) It says so on your luggage.

Dick

Oh, yeah. So who are you then?

Bowbelles

I’m Fairy Bowbelles, and I’m here to help you realise your dream.

Dick

You’re going to help me win the lottery?

Bowbelles

No Dick, I’m going to help you become Lord Mayor.

Dick

Of Gloucester? Great!

Bowbelles

No dick, London.

Dick

Even better! Will I get to wear one of those funny hats?

Puss

I think it’s part of the job, master.

Dick

Fair enough. But how can I become Mayor of London? I’m just a poor country boy.

Bowbelles

Don’t put yourself down, Dick. We live an era of equal opportunities. Besides, I can work a little fairy magic if necessary. (cocks an ear) Listen! Can you hear that?

Dick

(listens) I can’t hear a thing.

Puss

Me neither. And everybody knows that cats hear everything.

Bowbelles

(pulls Dick’s ear) Listen harder.

Dick

Owah!

SFX: Bells chime.

Bowbelles

Now can you hear it?

Dick

Oh yeah, I can hear it now. What is it?

Bowbelles

It’s the sound of Bow Bells. They’re saying, ‘turn again Dick Whittington, turn again’.

Dick

Are they? All I can hear is, ‘bing-bong, bing-bong’.

Bowbelles

Look, just take my word for it will you. They’re definitely saying, ‘turn again Dick Whittington’.

Dick

And if I do, I’ll definitely become Lord Mayor of London?

Bowbelles

Cross my heart and hope to fly. (giggles) Just a little fairy joke there.

Dick

All right then, I’ll stay.

Bowbelles

You won’t regret it Dick, believe me. I’ll catch you later then. (exits SR)

Puss

So aren’t we going back to Gloucester now?

Dick

No Puss, we’re going to stay right here in London.

Puss

(to audience) It’s amazing what a whiff of power does to some people, isn’t it?

Dick

I’ve heard that there are lots of juicy rats in London’s sewers, Puss.

Puss

Well I hope it wasn’t from the same person, who told you that the streets were paved with gold.

Dick

Even if they’re not, London is still a wonderful place. The sights, the sounds…

Puss

…The smells. (holds his nose)

Dick

All the women are so cheerful, with their cries of ‘how about it dearie’! And the men are so keen to carry my pack, I have to keep running after them and snatching it back. And don’t forget what that fairy said. One day I’ll be Lord Mayor of London.

Puss

Yes, well you’ll have to get elected first. I’ll just ask the audience what they think. (to audience) Who thinks Dick will become Lord Mayor of London? (audience respond)

Dick

You see? Even they think I will.

Puss

(to audience) Have some of you seen this panto before?

Dick

But while I’m waiting to become Mayor, I’m going to need a proper job to keep us in food and lodgings. (looks around) I wonder if The Queen Vic needs any bar staff.

Puss

I wouldn’t advise working there, master.

Dick

Why not?

Puss

Well in the latest storyline, they discover one of the new bar staff drowned in a barrel of best bitter. And I know you don’t like bitter.

Dick

That’s true. I’ll forget that then.

Puss

Very wise, master.

Alice enters (SR)

Dick

(spots Alice) Look at that girl over there, Puss! Gosh she’s beautiful. In fact, I think I’m in love.

Puss

That’s a bit quick isn’t it?

Dick

This is panto, Puss. We haven’t got time for long courtships.

Puss

Fair do’s. Why don’t you go and talk to her, then?

Dick

I can’t do that!

Puss

Why not? Cat got your tongue? (laughs to audience) ‘Cat got your tongue’? Oh, please yourselves.

Dick

I can’t talk to her, because she looks like a rich lady and I’m just a poor country boy.

Puss

You humans really ought to sort out your class hang-ups. Us cats don’t stand on ceremony when it comes to wooing the opposite sex.

Dick

I know. I hear them every night outside my bedroom window.

Alice

(crosses to Dick) Hello! You’re new here aren’t you?

Dick

Yes. How did you guess?

Alice

(pointing) Well that London Tourist Guide sticking out from your top pocket, is a bit of a giveaway. (looking at Puss) Your cat is very sweet.

Dick

(sighs) And so are you.

Alice

Thank you. I’m Alice, by the way. Alice Fitzwarren.

Dick

Pleased to meet you Alice. I’m Dick Whittington. (indicating Puss) And this is Puss.

Alice

(to Puss) Hello Puss. (to Dick) Can I stroke him?

Dick

Yes, if you like.

Alice

(strokes Puss) My, what lovely soft fur you have.

Puss

Yes, well don’t crease it dear. It took me hours to lick it into shape.

Alice

(steps back amazed) Goodness! You can talk!

Puss

Well I’d be a pretty dull cat if I didn’t.

Alice

I’m sorry, I didn’t mean any offence. It’s just that I’ve never heard a cat talk before.

Puss

Well I’m not like other cats. I’m a one-off.

Dick

Puss here was the best rat-catcher in Gloucester. Isn’t that so, Puss?

Puss

(false modesty) Well I don’t like to brag, master.

Dick

(to Alice) Wiped them all out he did…every last one.

Alice

(to Puss) We could do with you doing that here, Puss. London is overrun with rats.

Puss

Yes, well I’ll think about it. (to audience) It’s a tough life being a celebrity, you know. The request for paw prints, the awards ceremonies. The paparazzi following me everywhere.

Alice

(to Dick) So where are you both staying?


Dick

Nowhere as yet. We’ve only just arrived in London and I need to find myself a job first. Do you know where I can find one?

Alice

Well my father might give you a job in his shop…(indicates the shop)…here, if I put in a good word for you.

Dick

Would you do that for me?

Alice

Of course I will Dick.

Dick

That’s very kind of you Alice.

Alice

Would you like me to show you around London, first?

Dick

I’d like that, thank you. (to Puss) Let’s go Puss.

Puss

You go ahead master. I’ll just check out the local feline talent, and catch you later.

Dick

Okay Puss.

Puss exits (SL)

Alice

This way, Dick.

They exit (SR)

Sally enters from the shop followed by Fitzwarren, who is holding his tummy.

Sally

(to audience) Hello boys and girls! (audience respond) That was wonderful!

Fitzwarren

Which is more than can be said for your cooking.

Sally

Didn’t you like your breakfast then?

Fitzwarren

No, I did not! Whoever heard of cornflakes in ketchup? Why can’t you do some plain food for a change?

Sally

Listen mate. I’m a creative cook, I am. If you wanted someone to do boring food, you should’ve employed Mary Berry.

Fitzwarren

Well it might’ve been cheaper than spending a fortune on indigestion tablets. So what are we having for dinner then?

Sally

Liver in custard, followed by jam roly-poly in beef gravy.

Fitzwarren covers his mouth and rushes off.

SFX: Loud ding.

Sally

(to audience) Excuse me, I must go and check on my chocolate mousse. It’s made with real moose you know. Bye! (exits into shop)

Londoners enter (SR) and wander across the stage.

Music cue 6: King Rat enters (SL) and chases Londoners around stage, before they exit in a panic.

King Rat

(shouts) And that’s just a taste of what’s in store for you! (to audience) So, Dick Whittington has decided to ignore my warning about leaving London, with his smelly cat. Well, he’s going to regret his decision. I will enjoy destroying them both, as well as terrorising the whole of London with my rats. (calls) Enter my subjects!

Music cue 7: Rats enter from the back of the auditorium and make their way to the stage, taunting the audience as they go. King Rat can move to one side or join in the following routine. Music cue 8: Rats. After song ends…

King Rat

(to audience) Aren’t they sweet? (audience respond) Oh yes, they are! (the usual routine – until…) Don’t worry, you’ll soon learn to love them. Ha-ha-ha! (to Rats) Come my darlings! (exits SL with the Rats)

Music cue 9: Bowbelles enters (SR)


Bowbelles

Dick is in London and he’s here to stay,
And King Rat won’t get his evil way.
Now this is where it gets really exciting,
With lots of suspense and a little fighting.
King Rat and his vermin belong in the bins,
And I’ll make sure that our hero wins. (exits)