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Issue:- Saturday, 5 December 2015

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All Star Cast of Cinderella at the Epstein Theatre stage are ready to entertain you!

WITH just under a week to go before the opening of its sparkling Christmas pantomime Cinderella, LHK Productions is busy transforming the Epstein Theatre stage into a magical ballroom!

Producer Lee Kelly is polishing his magic wand ready to reveal his all star cast who are getting ready to dazzle audiences with their spellbinding production of the greatest rags to riches tale of them all, Cinderella.

Returning to the Epstein Theatre for his 4th festive season, this year Lee’s line-up includes heartthrob Calum Best who makes his panto debut alongside much loved Merseybeat legend, Beryl Marsden.

This Charming Man, Calum is the son of football legend George Best and is guaranteed to get hearts racing across the region in his role as the dashing Prince Charming.  Meanwhile, Beryl, the godmother of 60’s soul, who was one of the greatest female vocalists of the Merseybeat era and toured with The Beatles, will also be starring in panto for 1st time as The Fairy Godmother!

The cast also includes Grease Is the Word’s Alison Crawford, Lesley Butler as the Wicked Stepmother and Michael Chapman and Tom Burroughs as the hilarious Ugly Sisters. Lewis Pryor stars as Buttons and Chris Barton plays Prince Charming’s right hand man, Dandini.

Based on the classic fairytale, Cinderella tells the much loved story of a pretty young girl kept captive by her wicked ugly step sisters. When Cinders is invited to a magnificent ball at the palace, her 2 fiendish siblings forbid her to attend.

With a wave of a magic wand, her very own fairy godmother appears to save the day and she is transformed into a beautiful princess. After a magical evening dancing endlessly with Prince Charming, midnight approaches and poor Cinders has to depart before the spell is broken.

With a single glass slipper left behind, will Prince Charming be able to find his princess? Will Cinders escape the clutches of her ugly step-sisters and live happily ever after?

With a live orchestra, real Shetland ponies, lavish sets and exquisite costumes, the audience is in for a real treat this Christmas!

Producer Lee Kelly said:- "I'm so excited about our Panto this year, we have a really strong cast and sales already beating last year’s figures, I firmly believe this will be one of our ‘Best’, especially with Calum on board.”

Cinderella runs at The Epstein Theatre from 10 December 2015 to 3 January 2016. Book your tickets now for the most enchanting panto in the land. We do hope to see you there (oh yes we do)!

To book tickets for Cinderella, at the Epstein Theatre, on Hanover House, Liverpool (L13DZ) call:- 0844 888 4411
*, visit:- EpsteinLiverpool.Co.UK or book in person at the theatre box office.

* There are no booking fees for cash sales, £1 charge per transactions for card sales. Internet is available 24/7. Calls to the 0844 number might cost up to 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge. Booking fees will vary for call centre and internet transactions, all ticket sales are inclusive of a 50p restoration levy.

St Helens Theatre Royal is now hosting the spellbinding tale of Cinderella

AS the clock strikes 7, the curtains opened to the greatest rags to riches tale of them all on Friday, 4 December 2015, at St Helens Theatre Royal! With 1 wave of a magic wand, the audience was whisked off to a glamorous ball this Christmas as Regal Entertainments present their spellbinding tale of Cinderella.  This year’s panto is set to be even bigger than ever with an all star cast bringing the nation’s favourite panto to life and runs until Sunday, 10 January 2016, at the venue in St Helens. Every panto needs a villain and this year’s is a real Christmas cracker! Most recently seen as bad boy Rob Donovan in ITV1’s Coronation Street for which he was nominated as ‘Best Newcomer' at both The National Television Awards and the Inside Soap Awards, Marc Baylis swaps the cobbles of Coronation Street for the centre stage at Theatre Royal.  Not content with wreaking havoc in Corrie, actor Marc is set to cause mayhem as the dastardly Dandini; so get ready to boo and hiss! No stranger to treading the boards, Marc’s extensive theatre credits include the UK tour of Hamlet, The Belle's Stratagem for Southwark Playhouse and Prick Up Your Ears for Comedy Theatre as well as seen on screen in hit shows including Misfits, EastEnders and Hollyoaks.  Excited to be coming to St Helens, Marc Baylis said:- “I’m very much looking forward to appearing in panto at the Theatre Royal and spending Christmas entertaining audiences of St Helens. Cinderella is going to be great show so bring the whole family and join in the festivities.” The sensational line up also includes Benidorm star and Theatre Royal favourite Crissy Rock as one of the hilarious Ugly Sisters. Leaving audiences on the edge of their seat in fits of laughter earlier this year as the Mum in Rita, Sue and Bob Too! as well as other past Theatre Royal productions Escorts: The Musical and Dirty Dusting, Crissy is back to bring plenty of fun and laughter to the stage alongside her Ugly Sister played by Charlie Griffiths.  Laura Gregory returns as Cinderella alongside the dashing Jack Rigby as her Prince Charming. Meanwhile, St Helens’ resident dame, Simon Foster returns to the stage, this time as the Fairy Godmother bringing lashings of magic and sparkle to the proceedings. The delightful Ben Engelen plays Buttons and Benedict Relton completes the line up as Baron Hardup. Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a life of servitude by her t2 ugly step sisters, but that is all set to change when an invitation to a grand ball at the palace arrives. With a bit of magic and some help from her friend Buttons, Cinderella is transformed in to the belle of the ball. But what will happen at the stroke of midnight?  With real Shetland ponies, enchanted pumpkins and a sparkling fairy tale carriage and filled with festive fun to entertain the whole family, Cinderella promises to be the most lavish panto in all the land.  Book your tickets now to be sure you go to the ball. Call the Theatre's Box Office on:- 01744 756 000 or visit the venues website.

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