Preview: eight-freestyle: Dick Whittington and His Amazing Cat @ Contact, Manchester

Adam Lowe

This December the road to the reopened Contact is paved with panto gold!

The bells are ringing out for a sure-fire Christmas hit show at Contact this Christmas as eight-freestyle present: Dick Whittington and his Amazing Cat!

This upbeat, modern production of the classic rags-to-riches story tells the tale of young Dick Whittington and his loyal cat Scratch on their exciting quest for fame and fortune.

Can Dick defeat evil King Rat and his rat hordes? Can he win the love of the beautiful Alice Fitzwarren? Can he survive shipwrecks, magic, pirates, ghosts, sharks and Freda the Cook’s terrible pies?

Featuring a multi-talented, all-singing, all-dancing cast (no wooden reality-TV stars here), it really is a treat for children of all ages…even grown-up ones!

We are proud to be bringing what has become known as ‘Manchester’s Local Panto’ to Contact this December.

Sign up for ‘Team Cat’…and join us on the road from Manchester to London Town for the funniest, flashiest funkiest Pantomime of them all!

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More information

Price: £22 full price/£18 under 35s/£12 concessions.
Venue: Contact
Ages: Recommended for ages 2 -102!
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Dick Wittington and His Amazing Cat runs from 11 December 2021 until 3 January 2022. Book more than 1 month in advance and you will receive 10% off your ticket price (so get booking!). The discount is applied automatically at the check out. Early Bird Deal is not valid for premium show dates Dec 24, 27 and 28.

Access & Social Distancing

There will be a BSL performance of this show on Wed 29 Dec at 12pm, by interpreter Kate Labno.

The theatre will have a socially distanced performance on Wed 22 Dec at 7pm.

There will be a designated school performances running from 13-16 December 2021.

You can book online or call the box office Monday to Friday between 10-6pm on 0161 274 0600. Alternatively, you can email the box office on


Director & Script: Sean Canning
Assistant Director: Kate Mitchell
Designed & Produced by eight-freestyle in association with Contact
Musical Director: Mark Griffiths

About Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people. He sometimes performs as Beyonce Holes.