Natasha J. Barnes to Step Into Iconic Glass Slippers for CINDERELLA at the Palladium

The Daily Mail has reported that Natasha J. Barnes has been cast in the title role in the forthcoming London revival of Cinderella.

The actress, best known for her turn understudying the role of Fanny Brice in the West End revival of FUNNY GIRL, was discovered by the creative team during one of her performances in the show.

Upon seeing her in the lead role during star SheriDan Smith's two-month hiatus, the show's producer, Michael Harrison, knew that they had found their Cinderella. He insisted that his co-director, Andrew Wright, see the show to vet the burgeoning star. After catching a performance of Funny Girl, Wright agreed and they offered her the role.

Barnes will star opposite Paul O'Grady as the Wicked Stepmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, Amanda Holden as the Fairy Godmother and Wendy Somerville and Suzie Chard as the stepsisters.

"Natasha will be feisty and funny, and she's got that extra twinkle" Harrison told the Daily Mail, "When you're on stage with O'Grady and Clary, you've got to hold your own."

Cinderella will run at the Palladium for a limited period from December 9 until January 15.

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