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Children’s ensemble auditions for Dick Whittington

30th April 2019
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

The countdown to panto time has already begun at the Towngate Theatre! On Saturday 4 May we will once again be offering local children the opportunity to star in our upcoming pantomime for 2019/20, Dick Whittington, which promises to be another award-winning 5 star extravaganza!

If you are interested in participating, the auditions will be held at the Towngate Theatre this Saturday with registration starting from 9:30am and the auditions commencing from 10am. The auditions are open to boys and girls aged from 8 to 16 years, and chil dren must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For more information and to download an application form, please visit the Towngate website at

Basildon favourite, Simon Fielding, who has starred in the Basildon pantomimes for over ten years, and is also the Director and Co-Producer says:

“The children are a massively important part of the pantomime at the Towngate Theatre and have been acclaimed in our five star reviews for how much they enhance the production. Essex is full of immensely talented children and we want to showcase that in our pantomimes. The audition day itself is challenging for the kids, and if successful, the following months take a lot of dedication from both the children and their families. However it will be a life changing experience for those that make it into the show, and one they will never forget”.

Towngate Theatre Manager and Co-Producer, Simon Scott-Pearce, says:

“The Towngate’s pantomimes have been a part of Basildon’s festive offering for over 12 years,becoming a Basildon family favourite and the start of many a Basildonian ’s Christmas celebration. Over the years, our production team have been passionate in providing a platform for the youth of Basildon to take part in the pantomime as the young ensemble, with one or two dancing in the yearly traditional panto from the age of 8 until 16, many gaining life skills that have seen them go on to have successful careers both in and out of theatre.

The continued ambition for the Basildon pantomimes has seen them grow and grow, obtaining several awards and countless 5 star reviews that have well and truly put Basildon on the national panto map”.

Tickets for Dick Whittington are on sale now and are already breaking all previous box office records, so we highly recommend booking early to get the best seats for what promises to be another magical production.

Tickets available at: