Kelly Agredo, Benjamin McMillan and More to Lead CINDERELLA Panto at Nottingham Playhouse
Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company announces casting for Kenneth Alan Taylor's pantomime Cinderella.
Renowned as a 'Midlands institution', the Nottingham Playhouse panto is returning this festive season with firm family-favourite Cinderella.
As the well-known story goes; Prince Charming (Benjamin McMillan) is hosting a ball - with the help of faithful side-kick Dandini (Adam Pettigrew) - and Cinderella (Kelly Agredo) would give anything to go, but
her evil stepmother Devilla (Rebecca Little) and ugly sisters Bella (John Elkington) and Donna (Darren Southworth) have other plans.
Can Cinderella escape their clutches and - with the help of her Fairy Godmother (Claire Storey) and best friend Buttons (Tim Frater) - find true love?
Confirmed to join the main cast in adult chorus will be Trev Neo and, marking his professional debut, Kinden Singh Uppal.
In the chorus, made up of young dancers from Nottinghamshire dance companies, will be: 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.
Audiences will boo, hiss and cheer as they see this traditional pantomime come to life on stage, and enjoy performances from 'one of the country's greatest dames' John Elkington among other much-loved Nottingham Playhouse panto performers.
Running from Friday 1 December through to Saturday 20 January, Kenneth Alan Taylor's magical story is set to delight audiences of all ages with its sumptuous costumes and magnificent scenery, as well as a coachload of hilarity, slapstick, song and dance!
IF YOU GO:
At Nottingham Playhouse
Friday 1 December - Saturday 20 January
Matinees 1pm or 2.30pm
Evenings 5.30pm, 7pm or 7.30pm
There is also a relaxed performance at 10.15am on Wednesday 17 January and a dementia-friendly performance at 2.30pm on Thursday 18 January.
Press night Saturday 2 December 7.30pm
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Benjamin McMillan - Wonderland the Musical (UK tour); The Prince: A New Musical (The Arts Theatre); Cinderella (Qdos)
Kelly Agredo - Dick Whittington (The Belgrade Theatre); Trojan Women (Streatham Hill Theatre); Sleeping Beauty (South Hill Park Theatre)
Rebecca Little - Pantomime credits include: Sleeping Beauty; Jack and the Beanstalk; Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood; Cinderella; Mother Goose; Beauty and the Beast; Aladdin and Dick Whittington (Nottingham Playhouse). Macbeth; Much Ado About Nothing; Twelfth Night; A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oddsocks); Coronation Capers; Granny's Big Top Tale; Turned Out Nice Again!; What Became of the Red Shoes? (Little Pixie Productions); Forever Young; Tracy Beaker Gets Real! (Nottingham Playhouse)
John Elkington - Pantomime credits include: Dick Whittington, Aladdin and
Sleeping Beauty (Nottingham Playhouse). The Cherry Orchard (Nottingham Playhouse), Robin Hood arrow of destiny (York Theatre Royal); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse/Nuffield Southampton Theatres/Northern Stage)
Claire Storey - The Cherry Orchard, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Lost Plays Revue, Forever Young (Nottingham Playhouse); Arabian Nights (Best Ensemble MTA, Manchester Library); Animal Farm (Theatr Clywd)
Tim Frater - Pantomime credits include: Dick Whittington; Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood; Jack and the Beanstalk; Sleeping Beauty (Nottingham Playhouse)
Forever Young (UK tour); original West End cast of Hairspray understudying and playing the role of Seaweed J Stubbs; Hair (Ljubljana International Festival, Slovenia); A Handful of Keys (Prince Edward Theatre, London)
Trev Neo - In the Night Garden Live (UK tour); Owning Everything, Having Nothing (Frantic Assembly); Titoudao (Toy Factory)
Kinden Uppal - Legally Blonde the Musical, Jane Eyre, Shrek: The Musical, The Book of Mormon (The Urdang Academy); The Little Shop of Horrors (Brinkburn Performing Arts)
Nottingham Playhouse has been one of the United Kingdom's leading producing theatres since its foundation in 1948. It welcomes over 130,000 ticket buyers through its doors annually and has an additional footfall of 170,000 visitors to participation events and to Anish Kapoor's stunning Sky Mirror. It creates productions large and small, from timeless classics and enthralling family shows to adventurous new commissions, often touring work nationally and internationally. Its production of The Kite Runner has had two West End's transfers, at both the Wyndham's and Playhouse Theatres and has embarked on a 2017 UK tour.