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Nottingham Playhouse to stage covid-secure performances of the pantomime Cinderella

Audiences shall go to the ball this festive season as Nottingham Playhouse prepares to stage the pantomime Cinderella.

It is one of two covid-secure Christmas shows planned by the Playhouse to give families a much-needed festive treat.

There will also be a specially-written production of Jack And The Beanstalk, which will run from December 9 to January 2.

Cinderella will be performed at Nottingham Playhouse this Christmas. (43105560)
Cinderella will be performed at Nottingham Playhouse this Christmas. (43105560)

Cinderella will be staged from Thursday, December 3, to January 16.

It replaces the previously programmed Beauty And The Beast, which has been postponed to Christmas 2021.

In a glittery re-imagining of this fairytale adventure, audiences will join Cinders as she attempts to outwit her Ugly Stepsisters and win the heart of the dashing Prince ­— with a little help from best friend Buttons and her very own Fairy Godmother.

Filled with panto humour, upbeat musical numbers and all the much-loved familiar characters, the production has been specially adapted to ensure all the fun and magic in safe and comfortable surroundings.

The cast will be led by Playhouse panto favourite John Elkington, who brings his trademark ‘glamour’ to Ugly Sister Kourtney.

He will be joined by Tim Frater as Buttons and Gabrielle Brooks as Cinderella.

Tom Hopcroft will team up with Elkington as other Ugly Sister, Kylie, while Max Runham will bring his considerable charm to the role of Prince.

Sara Poyzer, who grew up in Nottinghamshire, will alternate good and evil as the Fairy Godmother and the Baroness Kim, and Jessica Lee will be serving up confusion as Dandini.

Artistic director Adam Penford said:“Christmas in Nottingham just wouldn’t be the same without a Playhouse panto ­— it’s a major part of the cultural calendar. So this year we will be mounting a special version of the most popular panto title in the land, Cinderella.

“While there will be changes to bring it to the stage and ensure safety is paramount, it will still contain all the fun, magic and festive cheer of the classic Playhouse panto.”

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