Shane Richie - Orchard Panto launchThree times Lord Mayor of London – Dick Whittington returns to London’s Guildhall!

Dartford’s Magical Pantomime Adventure is set to be the cat’s whiskers!

Shane Richie, who is playing the role of Dick Whittington in The Orchard Theatre’s pantomime this year, took part in a medieval press launch on 23rd September at Guildhall, City of London. Photos were taken in The Great Hall as well as at the statue of Dick Whittington outside the Guildhall Art Gallery. Shane was also joined by Mayor of Dartford, Ian Armitt, who posed for photos with him in The Great Hall, handing over his Mayor’s livery collar.

Dick Whittington is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer which has established a reputation for staging large-scale productions packed with special effects and lots of laugh-out-loud comedy for all the family. Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division said “Shane is an outstanding comedy actor and we’re absolutely delighted to have his immense talent at The Orchard Theatre this Christmas.

Wherever Shane appears in pantomime tickets always sell quickly, so early booking is strongly advised. ”Shane Richie has recently fronted the brand-new BBC One Saturday evening game show Win Your Wish List and is perhaps best-known for playing the role of Alfie Moon in BBC One’s EastEnders.He has combined his theatre and television career with film roles that include Porter in a special Channel 4 film version of Macbeth alongside Greta Scacchi; Dead Clean and Distant Shadow. He also produced and starred in Shoreditch alongside Joely Richardson. Shane featured with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet as Sid in the DreamWorks film Flushed Away. He also filmed Prisoners of the Sun on location in Morocco with John Rhys-Davis and Joss Ackland.Shane Richie - Orchard Panto launch

Dick Whittington follows The Orchard Theatre’s most recent record-breaking pantomime, Peter Pan, which starred Craig Revel Horwood. Chris Glover, Theatre Director said: “Our panto is now one of the biggest and most popular in the South East with 95% attendance for each of the last two years. We are excited that Shane Richie will be joining us this year and are confident that it will become another record-breaking production for Dartford!”

To book your seats for this year’s sensational Orchard Theatre pantomime, which opens on Saturday 12 December, visit or call the Ticket Office on 01322 220000.