This year’s panto by Kenneth Alan Taylor sees many Playhouse favourites returning once again!
A dashing prince is hosting a ball and Cinderella would give anything to go, but her stepmother and sisters have other plans. Can Cinderella escape their clutches and, with the help of her Fairy Godmother and best friend Buttons, find true love?
The villainous Becky Little who has appeared in our traditional family-friendly panto for the past 18 years, will take the role of Cinderella’s evil stepmother Devilla. Her other credits include Macbeth; Much Ado About Nothing (Oddsocks); Coronation Capers; Granny’s Big Top Tale (Little Pixie Productions – a company which she runs with her sisters).
The dastardly John Elkington, another prolific star of our panto, will be playing Bella – one of Cinderella’s ugly sisters. His other theatre credits include Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny (York Theatre Royal); Dancing Through the Shadows (Hull Truck Theatre) and he will be appearing in The Cherry Orchard at Nottingham Playhouse from Fri 3- Sat 18 Nov.
His partner in crime as Donna, Cinderella’s other ugly sister, will be Darren Southworth who previously appeared last year in Aladdin as the Empress of China, and in our panto Jack and the Beanstalk. His other credits include #ChipShoptheMusical (Freedom Studios/Octagon Theatre Bolton); Cinderella (Qdos Productions); Coronation Street (ITV).
Another regular star of our panto, most recently Dick Whittington, is Tim Frater who will be starring this year as Cinderella’s best friend Buttons. His other credits include A Christmas Carol (Royal Theatre, Northampton) and he appeared in the original West End cast of Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre).
Claire Storey will be taking the role of everyone’s favourite Fairy Godmother. She has previously graced the playhouse stage in The Importance of Being Earnest; The Lost Plays Revue; Forever Young and will also be appearing in our production of The Cherry Orchard, from Fri 3- Sat 18 Nov.
This year’s heroine of the tale, Cinderella, will be played by Playhouse newcomer Kelly Agredo whose credits include Dick Whittington (Belgrade Theatre); Trojan Women (Streatham Hill Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (South Hill Park Theatre).
Taking the role of the dashing Prince Charming is another new face for Nottingham Playhouse, James Nicholson, whose credits include Carrie the Musical; Guys and Dolls (Guildford School of Acting); Doctors; Father Brown (BBC).
Playing Cinderella’s faithful sidekick Dandini is Adam Pettigrew whose credits include The White Feather (Union Theatre); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Ye Olde Rose and Crown); Sleeping Arrangements (Landor Theatre).
Taking prominent roles in the adult chorus are Trev Neo and Kinden Singh Uppal. Trev’s credits include In the Night Garden Live (UK tour); Owning Everything, Having Nothing (Frantic Assembly). Kinden has appeared in Legally Blonde the Musical; Jane Eyre; Shrek: The Musical; The Book of Mormon (The Urdang Academy); The Little Shop of Horrors (Brinkburn Performing Arts).
The remaining chorus members are made up of young dancers from Nottinghamshire dance companies. They include: Ellie Gascoine, Mackenzie Greenfield, Gabriella Mainiero, Ashlie Sims, Larissa Wallington, Leyla Yildirim, India Roberts, Olivia Anstey, Gracie-Lou Brooks, Lucy Fretwell, Olivia Holmes, Danielle Houldsworth, Harvey Newton, Paige Elkin, with Katie Bentley, Ellie Stainsby and Rosalind Montgomery on standby.
We can’t wait to see you at the ball. Join us at Cinderella between Fri 1 Dec 2017 and Sat 20 Jan 2018.