About the showThe enchanting story of Cinderella has come to the London Palladium this Christmas for a limited 5-week run. The big-budget production will be the first pantomime to appear at the prestigious West End theatre in almost 30 years. Promising an all-star cast with magnificent costumes and breath-taking scenery, there will be no better place to watch Cinderella escape from her wicked stepmother and fall into the arms of Prince Charming.
Cinderella originated as a popular folk tale and has been adapted thousands of times over the years. The story was popularised in modern culture by Disney, which released an animated film by the same name in 1950. The story begins with Cinderella living in unfortunate circumstances, forced to clean up after her horrible stepsisters and wicked stepmother. Cinderella soon learns that the handsome Prince Charming is seeking his future wife and is hosting a ball for all the women in the land. Cinderella is not allowed to go but with the help of her Fairy Godmother, she finds a way to attend and meet the prince. This production of Cinderella features plenty of new characters and a classic pantomime twist, which will keep the audience on their toes as they watch this classic story unfold.
This production of Cinderella is brought to the London Palladium by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest producers of pantomime. The company’s managing director, Michael Harrison, co-directs the show alongside Andrew Wright who is best known for his choreography in the Olivier Award-nominated show Mrs Henderson Presents. They have both announced their intention to tour the country with Cinderella after its West End run this year.
With Paul O’Grady playing The Wicked Stepmother, Amanda Holden as the Fairy Godmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, Lee Mead taking the role of Prince Charming, Paul Zerdin as Buttons, Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain and Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup, this is one of the biggest pantomimes this Christmas. With West End superstar Natasha J Barnes as Cinders herself, this is not to be missed!
In the past, pantomimes in London have included celebrities such as Barbara Windsor, Cilla Black and Ronnie Corbett. This much loved show marks a return to big scale West End pantos.