Award-winning director and choreographer Gill-ian Lynne (see feature, left) unveils her new production of Dick Whittington at Sadler's Wells on Thursday, transforming the popular tale into an adventure of acrobatics, illusions, and exciting music and dance. And The Independent on Sunday has 10 pairs of tickets to be won for this spectacular family show.

Accompanied by the most famous cat in panto, Dick encounters many colourful characters on his magical journey to a city where the streets are paved with gold. These include Grimaldi, the 19th- century clown who originally established pantomime at Sadler's Wells.

The tickets on offer are for the performance at 11am on Friday 24 December, promising the perfect start to Christmas.

For the chance to be among the winners, answer the following three questions:

1) In which year did the real Dick Whittington become Lord Mayor of London?

2) Who built the first theatre at the Sadler's Wells site in 1765?

3) From which theatrical genre is the English pantomime derived?

Send your answers, along with your name, address and daytime telephone number, to: Dick Whittington Competition, Culture, Independent on Sunday, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL, to arrive by Thursday 16 December. Senders of the first 10 correctly answered entries to be pulled from the hat after the closing date will each receive a pair of tickets. No cash alternative. The editor's decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Usual competition rules apply. The results will be published next Sunday.

Ensor competition result

The answers were: Jacques Brel; Victor Horta; Bourse. The prize of a weekend for two in Brussels was won by Mrs R Jones of London NW1.


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