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Kevin Kennedy and Wayne Sleep star in Cinderella at Cambridge Arts Theatre

Wayne Sleep

Casting news

PRINCIPAL casting has been announced for Cinderella. A traditional pantomime, it runs at Cambridge Arts Theatre from November 29, 2019 to January 11, 2020.

Legendary ballet dancer and TV personality Wayne Sleep leads the cast for a second year as an Ugly Sister, alongside Coronation Street‘s Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) as Baron Hardup.

Wayne Sleep made his Arts Theatre debut as the evil Abanazar in the 2018 pantomime Aladdin, but is best known for his legendary career at the Royal Ballet, achieving a coveted scholarship which led to him becoming a senior principal dancer for the company. He famously set a world record by performing an entrechat-douze – the most jumps ever completed in the step.

His stage credits include originating the role of Mr Mistoffelees in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats in the West End, the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and over 20 pantomimes. Notable recent TV appearances include The Chase, Celebrity Big Brother and The Real Marigold Hotel.

Kevin Kennedy will be making his Arts Theatre debut. Best known for playing Curly Watts on ITV’s Coronation Street for 20 years, Kennedy has starred in numerous pantomimes, and has most recently starred as Dennis Dupree in the Rock of Ages musical from 2018- 2019.

They are joined by acclaimed stage and television actress Liza Goddard (Fairy Godmother), who returns to Cambridge following her Arts Theatre appearances as Fairy Beansprout in Jack and the Beanstalk and the Empress in Aladdin. Goddard is well known for her roles as the glamorous jewel thief Philippa Vale in Bergerac, Mrs Jessop in Woof! and Clarissa ‘Clancy’ Merrick in Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, as well as numerous stage roles.

Cambridge’s #1 pantomime dame, the hilarious Matt Crosby (The Importance of Being Earnest) will take centre stage alongside Sleep in his fourteenth pantomime at the Arts Theatre, but his first as an Ugly Sister!

Kevin Kennedy

Charlotte Kennedy will star as Cinderella. Kennedy made her professional debut in Les Misérables in the West End and also appeared in Honeymoon in Vegas (London Palladium) and Elaine Paige in Concert (The Royal Albert Hall).

Isaac Stanmore will play Buttons. Stanmore originated the role of Saul in Sally Cookson’s Hetty Feather in 2014. His other stage works includes Robin and Marian and Dracula.

Completing the cast are Emily Squibb (Prince Charming), whose recent credits include first cover for Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein and The Wizard of Oz at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and Nancy Hill (Dandini). Hill’s musical theatre credits include Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd and Hairspray.

Cinderella is directed by Phil Clark, who boasts over 40 years’ experience as a professional theatre director and writer. His previous productions include Horrible Histories Live on Stage, Roald Dahl stage adaptations The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine as well as last year’s Arts Theatre pantomime Aladdin.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 01223 503333 or visit

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ