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Cinderella Preview

Published by: Steve Burbridge on 23rd Sep 2012 | View all blogs by Steve Burbridge
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Pantomime Cast Have A Ball At  Cinderella Press Launch

Well, that’s it – no more bank holidays this year, the kids are back at school, the football season is well underway and the holiday tan is fading fast, which can only mean that summer is really over.

Although it may still seem too early for most of us to turn our attentions to the festive season, that’s exactly what one Tyneside theatre did last Wednesday.

Whitley Bay Playhouse unveiled details of this year’s glittering pantomime, Cinderella, and guaranteed that it will be even more magical and spectacular than ever before.

The star-studded cast will be headed by former Hollyoaks actress and Dancing On Ice contestant Jennifer Metcalfe as Cinders and Keith Jack, star of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as her Prince Charming. David Drewitt and Danny Jay will be donning a whole host of outlandishly fabulous frocks as The Ugly Sisters, whilst David Burton marks his 35th year in Pantoland as the beleaguered Baron Hardup.

There will also be plenty of home-grown talent, too.

Sunderland’s Suzanne Richardson, star of West End shows including The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera, will be waving her magic wand and making dreams come true as Fairy Godmother, whilst the North East’s favourite comic Steve Walls is back by huge public demand and playing Buttons.

Producer of Blue Genie Entertainment, Gary Telfer said: ‘We’re really looking forward to producing Cinderella this year, which has to be the most popular pantomime of them all. Every girl wants to be Cinderella and meet a handsome prince at the ball.

‘Cinderella has a great cast and we’re expecting yet another busy season.’

There will be some particularly magical treats in store this year, including amazing costumes, fantastic dance routines, and the most amazing transformation sequence ever staged – including real Shetland ponies.

‘The Playhouse panto just gets bigger and better every year,’ said Steve Walls. ‘I’m really excited to be part of the cast of Cinderella. And I’ll be home for Christmas again, too!’

Jennifer Metcalfe said: ‘This is every little girl’s dream and I can’t wait to step into Cinderella’s slippers.’

Blue Genie Entertainment are the same creative team that produced last year’s record-breaking panto, Aladdin, at the Playhouse.

A spokesperson for the venue said: ‘Those who wish to go to the ball ought to act quickly as tickets are selling fast. To avoid turning into a pumpkin and missing the greatest panto in the North East, book now.’

Cinderella is at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay from Tuesday, December 18, 2012 until Sunday, January 6, 2013. Tickets are on sale now. To book call 0844 2772771 or log on to



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