Train driver meets his pantomime namesake at Sheffield Train Station

Damian Williams as Dolly the Cook, Jo Parsons as Dick Whittington and Richard Whittington at Sheffield Train Station
Damian Williams as Dolly the Cook, Jo Parsons as Dick Whittington and Richard Whittington at Sheffield Train Station
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It was a case of mistaken identity at Sheffield railway station when a train driver met his panto namesake.

As Richard ‘Dick’ Whittington prepared to depart his 10.29am train from Sheffield to London St Pancras, he was surprised to discover pantomime star Dick Whittington, played by Jo Parsons, in the driver’s seat.

Further confusion ensued when panto Dame – Dolly the Cook, played by Damian Williams – tried to take Richard Whittington to the Lyceum Theatre stage to get into costume.

But the whole episode was played out in front of confused commuters in the name of panto fun.

East Midlands Trains, who run regular services from Sheffield, are sponsoring this year’s pantomime at the Lyceum.

The partnership will include a specially created costume for the pantomime Dame Dolly The Cook to wear.

Richard, who has been driving for East Midlands Trains for 14 years, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

He said: “I had great fun meeting my namesake, but I think I’ll stick to driving trains – and my East Midlands uniform.”

Dick Whittington opens at the Lyceum Theatre tomorrow and runs until Sunday, January 4.

It tells the story of the boy who sets of for London to see his fortune in the big city and stars CBeebies presenter Andy Day as Captain Crabstick and EastEnders actress Samantha Womack as Fairy Bow-Bells. Directed by Paul Hendy, Dick Whittington follows on from last year’s smash-hit production of Jack and The Beanstalk.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £10 to £24 and are available from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office on 0114 2496000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk