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This December the road to 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!

Access & Socially Distanced Performances

  • There will be a BSL performance of this show on Wed 29 Dec at 12pm, by interpreter Kate Labno.
  • We have a socially distanced performance of this show on Wed 22 Dec at 7pm. Go to our Your Visit page here, for more details on visiting our building.
  • If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10-6pm on 0161 274 0600, alternatively you can email the box office on, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).


As we respond to the changing guidance surrounding COVID-19, we want to reassure audiences and visitors alike that your health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. 

In line with government guidance, anyone entering the building must wear face coverings, unless otherwise exempt. While children under 11 do not need to wear face coverings as a legal requirement, we strongly recommend they do as we all work together to ensure each other’s safety.

To find out more about the measures we’re taking to keep you safe, please head to our Visitors Information Page and our COVID-19 FAQ


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Director & Script: Sean Canning

Assistant Director: Kate Mitchell

Designed & Produced by eight-freestyle in association with Contact

Musical Director: Mark Griffiths






The Making of a Modern Pantomime from Mind Over Media Productions Ltd. on Vimeo.

  • Price
    £22 full price/£18 under 35s/£12 concessions.
  • Venue


  • Ages
    Recommended for ages 2 -102!
  • Running
    2 hours 15 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
  • Booking info

    There will be a designated school performances running from 13-16 December 2021. To enquire about these please contact our Box Office on 0161 274 0600, anytime between 10-5pm Monday to Friday.


    We accept babes in arms. Children who can sit in their own seat unaided should have a paid for ticket.


  • Genre
Date Time & Place
Saturday 11 December 12:00pm
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Saturday 11 December 4:00pm
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Sunday 12 December 12:00pm
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Sunday 12 December 4:00pm
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Tuesday 21 December 7:00pm
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Wednesday 22 December 2:00pm
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Wednesday 22 December 7:00pm
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Thursday 23 December 2:00pm
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Thursday 23 December 7:00pm
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Friday 24 December 12:00pm
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Friday 24 December 4:00pm
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Monday 27 December 12:00pm
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Monday 27 December 4:00pm
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Tuesday 28 December 12:00pm
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Wednesday 29 December 12:00pm
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Wednesday 29 December 4:00pm
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Friday 31 December 4:00pm
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Sunday 2 January 4:00pm
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Monday 3 January 4:00pm
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