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John as Dick Whittington

John will be back as Dick Whittington for the 2017-18 panto season. This year, Dick is heading for the Manchester Opera House from Saturday, 9 December to Sunday, 7 January 2018.

Tickets are now on sale and can be booked from the box office on 0844 871 3018 (group bookings 0333 009 5390) or online from



John Barrowman stars in the title role of the hero Dick Whittington. The hugely popular showman has enjoyed an acclaimed and hugely varied career including music, presenting and writing with performances on television and film, in the West End and on Broadway.

Joining John are the legendary double act The Krankies, playing Councillor and Jimmy Krankie. Having entertained audiences with their slapstick for over 50 years, Dick Whittington will mark the couple's seventh pantomime season playing alongside John Barrowman. Ian and Janette Tough, who last year celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary, have been stalwarts on the cabaret circuit and on television since the 1970s.

Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, the show will also include a spectacular 3D sequence, which will see audiences travel on a very special adventure alongside Dick Whittington and his trusty cat!

Michael Harrison, Managing Director of Qdos Entertainment's pantomimes said:
"We're absolutely delighted that the ultimate showman, John Barrowman, will be leading the cast of this year's Manchester Opera House pantomime. John is always a favourite with panto audiences, which is no surprise given his immense talent. We're also thrilled that panto-legends The Krankies will be spending another season with John, their timeless comedy is loved by audiences of all ages."

Sarah Bleasdale, General Manager of the Palace Theatre and Opera House said:
"It is with great pleasure that we welcome back to Manchester the world's biggest Panto producer Qdos Entertainment after 10 years and what a show they are returning with. Bringing some of the biggest names in showbusiness and comedy, John Barrowman and The Krankies, in one of the most traditional of Panto titles. We are all really excited and I know that Manchester audiences are in for an absolute treat. It's sure to be unforgettable show for all the family this festive period."

Dick Whittington won the Manchester Theatre Award 2017 for "Best Special Entertainment":


John and The Krankies

Photos courtesy of QDos Entertainment