AFTER more than a decade, the Highcliffe Charity Players are performing classic pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Regent Centre.

The traditional story, directed this time by Matthew Smith, sees penniless Dick and his cat Tommy head to London to seek their fame and fortune.

While in the city, our hero falls in love with Alice Fitzwarren and is confronted with the baddie, the scary King Rat. Boo!

Dick and the crew are forced to run away to sea and are washed up on the rat-infested shores of Arabia, ruled by Sultan Peppa.

With the help of Tommy and sparkly Fairy Bow Bells, Dick defeats King Rat and his army of vermin and returns to England a rich man to become the mayor of London.

The show is packed with uplifting songs, dazzling dance routines and plenty of humour.

With lots of audience participation, the fun characters dressed in their eye-catching costumes will not disappoint.

Towards the end of the show, the funny Idle Jack Sprat invites children on to the stage for a sing-a-long and lots of laughs.

The panto ends with a big finale which will leave your children filled with joy.

So if you looking for a fun afternoon or evening, be sure to book your tickets for this show - it's pure panto gold.

Dick Whittington and His Cat runs until Saturday, January 20 at the Regent Centre.

Donna Garner