Initial Casting for Dick Whittington at The London Palladium Revealed

Qdos Entertainment has announced Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, and Nigel Havers as the London Palladium’s Dick Whittington initial cast. The three artists will perform as Spirit of the Bells, Idle Jack, and Captain Nigel, respectively. This will be the second Christmas pantomime of the famous West End theatre.

Dick Whittington is the story of a young orphan who comes to London to seek his fortune. The show will begin on 9th December, running through to 7th January 2018. There will also be a press night on 13th December at 7 PM. What’s more, Qdos Entertainment will be in charge of the production after the success of Cinderella. When it started last year, Cinderella broke box office records for the highest grossing week in West End theatre history.

About the Cast

Julian Clary, Nigel Havers & Paul Zerdin to join London Palladium's Dick Whittington
(From left to right) Julian Clary, Nigel Havers & Paul Zerdin will join the London Palladium production of Dick Whittington. Courtesy of

Julian Clary will star as first appeared on television in 1989 with ITV quiz show ‘Trick or Treat’ and Channel 4’s ‘Sticky Moments’. He is now a best-selling author and a regular on Radio 4’s ‘Just a Minute’. Last year Clary toured his one-man show, ‘The Joy of Mincing’.

Meanwhile,  Paul Zerdin won the 10th season of ‘America’s Got Talent’ and often performed at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. A person of note in the UK as well, Zerdin has appeared on The Royal Variety Performance three times and last year played as Buttons in the London Palladium’s Cinderella.

Lastly, Nigel Havers has starred in many films like ‘Chariots of Fire’, ‘Passage to India’, and ‘Empire of The Sun’. His more recent works include ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Coronation Street’, and the hit BBC4 series ‘The Life of Rock’. He has also been on West End theatre productions like Art, The Importance of Being Earnest, and last year’s Cinderella at the London Palladium as Lord Chamberlain.

The Cast & Creatives of the London Palladium’s Dick Whittington

Clary, Zerdin, and Havers will join the executive producers Nick Thomas and Michael Harrison. Thomas founded Qdos Entertainment Group in 1982. Now one of the biggest companies in Europe, Qdos has several successful pantomime productions under its belt. Over the last 30 years, the pantomime giant has produced 684 pantomimes, and this season it expects that over two million people will see one of its shows.

Meanwhile Harrison, who will also be directing the London Palladium’s Dick Whittington, has directed 12 consecutive pantomimes at Newcastle Theatre Royal and seven at Birmingham Hippodrome. As a producer, his credits include Gypsy and The Bodyguard. He will also produce Annie and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.

The production is yet to announce its other cast and creatives.