ORGANISERS of a panto aimed at adults meant for Whitchurch Civic Centre have proudly declared ‘the show must go on’.

The 18-plus version of Dick Whittington was set to be performed in the theatre hall at the Civic Centre on Saturday, November 4 but will now be shown in the Market Hall after structurally unsound Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) was found in the building’s roof.

The show is raising funds for the Bradbury Centre in Claypit Street and organiser Dan Lewis, director at producers Cattle Productions, says they are delighted to be able to carry on.

He said: “The show must go on.


“Our performance of Big Dickey Whittington is still going ahead as we are transforming the Market Hall within the Civic Centre into a theatre for our performance. 

“The Market Hall is unaffected by the RAAC roof issues, which is obviously great news for us, the Civic and the community, as nobody wants laughter to be cancelled.

“Access to the venue is via the rear entrance in St Mary's Street.

“Tickets have been selling very quickly for our adult pantomime and is proving to be incredibly popular; there are a few still remaining, which can be purchased via or contact the Civic Centre box office on 01948 665761.”

Dan again explained the show’s premise.

He said: “Our hero Dickey comes to Whitchurch in another tale of filth and fun.

“With dreams of becoming a film star, he heads to London to seek his fortune.

“However, like a fool he falls in love with Alice and ends up fighting for her affections.

“But where there’s women, there’s trouble, and he ends up being banished from London – the cheek of it.

“Will Dickey return to save the day? Will he get the girl?

“Find out in the latest instalment from the notorious adult panto team – it’s sure to be another hilariously mucky night.”

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He added that while the show might not be to everyone’s taste, the chance to raise money should appeal to the audience.

“Tickets are £16, which is almost 20 per cent lower than elsewhere, as it is our hometown venue,” he said. 

“We usually sell out everywhere we go and we have a loyal following in Shropshire, especially around these parts.