The most magical pantomime of all, Cinderella returns to the South Coast home of pantomime at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from 7 December. Eastbourne is duly proud of their famous pantomimes and this year’s extravaganza promises to be the biggest yet.
Tucker, Eastbourne’s own loveable comic, returns in the role of Buttons, with Martyn Knight returning again however not in his usual shoes – this time Martyn will be the baddie we love to boo as one half of the ugliest sisters in the South!
Joining Martyn as the other half of the most spiteful siblings in Panto-land is Scott St. Martyn who makes his Eastbourne panto debut.
Fairy Godmother is played by TV impressionist and theatrical treasure Hilary O’Neil, and the part of the financially embarrassed Baron Hardup is taken by seasoned performer Graham James, while Cinderella is played by Laura Baldwin, and Katherine Glover takes the part of a love-struck Prince Charming.
The surprises and effects in store will amaze and delight, but the emphasis of an Eastbourne pantomime is always on the quality of the show and previous years have paid testament to this winning formula.
Eastbourne Theatres Artistic Director and Pantomime Director and writer Chris Jordan explains: “The key to success is to ensure that everyone in the audience from the very youngest through to the oldest sitting out there in the theatre will have a truly magical experience, and this begins with securing a wonderfully talented cast of top professionals who will all complement each other onstage. I am delighted with the cast we have assembled for this year’s show, welcoming old friends and new faces. I’m sure they will all have a ball!!
Chris adds “Everyone sitting out there in the dark of the auditorium needs to believe in the story, and be transported to this magical pantomime-land where horses really can fly and shoes made of glass are suitable footwear for running down stairs!”
Cinderella will be at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from 7 December 2018 until 13 January 2019. For more information on the show and tickets, please visit the Eastbourne Theatres website.