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Ian Waite to lead an all-star cast in Cinderella at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Ian Waite

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

STRICTLY Come Dancing favourite Ian Waite (as Dandini, the Prince’s loyal aide) will lead an all-star cast in Cinderella, which runs at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, from November 29, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

He is joined by children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson (Marrying Mum & Dad, Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature and Milkshake!) as Cinderella and Mark Read of Brit Award-winning boyband A1, who returns to the Worthing Panto as Prince Charming after previously appearing as Dandini in 2015’s record- breaking production of Cinderella.

Completing the line-up is Bad Girls actress Nicole Faraday as the Evil Step-Mother and comedian Mark Jones who delighted Worthing audiences in last year’s Aladdin and returns by popular demand as Cinderella’s best friend Buttons.

And making their Worthing Panto debuts are Musical Comedian Katie Pritchard as Fairy Godmother and Oliver Broad and Jake Snowdon as the wonderfully wicked Ugly Sisters.

The cast will also be joined on stage by two teams of talented local children, chosen by open audition, who will have the opportunity to star alongside the professionals as members of the Junior Ensemble.

Worthing Theatres and producers Paul Holman Associates continue their record-breaking partnership following on from the tremendous success of Aladdin in 2018, Snow White in 2017 and Peter Pan in 2016 which has seen Worthing’s traditional family panto go from strength to strength with impressive star casting, spectacular production values and good clean fun for all the family to enjoy.

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “Cinderella is known as the best-loved pantomime of them all, filled with magic, love and laughter. Audiences can expect jaw-dropping special effects, sensational costumes and scenery combined with high energy singing and dancing, plenty of audience interaction plus a good dose of panto mischief and mayhem!”

Audiences will also get the chance to meet cast members and pose for pictures during Golden Week, which runs from Saturday, November 30 to Friday, December 6, 2019. Golden Week ticket holders will be treated to a free programme and, after every evening performance during Golden Week, will have the opportunity of a post-show meet and greet with at least two cast members.

NB: Ian Waite will not be performing on Saturday, December 14 (2pm and 6.30pm) and Tuesday, December 17 (10.15am).

And Mark Read will not be performing on Friday, November 29 (7pm), Saturday, November 30 (2pm and 6.30pm) and Friday, December 13 (10.15am and 6.30pm).

To book tickets, call the box office on 01903 206 206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk/.