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Whittington and his Cat

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Whittington and his Cat is a delightful story that combines humor, adventure, and heartwarming moments. The author, E. L. Blanchard, does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and creating a rich and vivid world for them to inhabit.

The relationship between Whittington and his Cat is the heart of the story, and it is both humorous and touching to see how their friendship develops throughout the book. The cat's antics provide plenty of laughs, while Whittington's determination and kindness make him a lovable protagonist.

The plot is fast-paced and engaging, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The setting of medieval England adds an extra layer of charm to the story, and Blanchard's descriptive writing brings the time period to life in vivid detail.

Overall, Whittington and his Cat is a fun and entertaining read that will appeal to readers of all ages. It's a heartwarming tale of friendship, loyalty, and courage that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Whittington and his Cat, or Harlequin Lord Mayor of London was the 26th Grand Comic Christmas Annual, written by E. L. Blanchard for performance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London in 1875. Pantomimes are a favourite Christmas entertainment in England, and in Victorian times were usually written in rhyming couplets. They featured a Principal Boy (played by a girl) and a Dame (played by a man). Over the years they became ever more elaborate with fantastic costumes, huge casts and spectacular transformation scenes. We shall have to leave these to your imagination, dear listener, but we hope that our performance will give you a flavour of Victorian panto.This version of the story of Dick Whittington was produced from a torn and well-used copy of the pantomime script, and a long search online and in various British libraries for the original music, details of which may be found here.

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