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Empire Theatre announces their 2012 pantomime - Cinderella

Posted Friday 16 Mar 2012

The Empire Theatre in Consett is proud to announce that following the success of the 2011 / 12 pantomime Dick Whittington, Leah Bell and company will return this year to present the most magical of all pantomimes; Cinderella.

Celebrating her 50th year in show-business, Leah Bell, who also writes, directs and produces the show, will this year play the role of Sarah Buttons, with the typical energy, fun and effervescence that has become a trademark of her performance.

Leah said “Who would have thought that after 50 years, I’d still be putting my tights on and kicking my legs up! The last time I appeared in Cinderella was when I starred alongside the great David Jason. I’m looking forward to playing a new role this year, and working with the fantastic cast. We received wonderful feedback after our run at the Empire last year, and so we’re back this year with yet another magical show with something for all ages.”

The title role of Cinderella will be played by Leah Bell’s niece Harriet Povey, who at only 17 years old has already gained invaluable experience in the world of variety, drama and dance, following in the footsteps of her Auntie.

Peter Donegan, son of the legendary King of Skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, will take on the role of Prince William in the production. Boasting talents as a professional musician himself, Peter has appeared in many West End musicals, and even performed alongside show-business greats such as Van Morrison, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltry, Mark Knopfler, Bill Wyman and many more.

Comedy magician Damian James will debut in the popular role of Buttons. Having appeared with such greats as Ken Dodd and Norman Wisdom in his career, and having toured the country as a solo performer, Damian who hails from County Durham, will return to his roots to play the part.

This year will also see the welcome return of popular hip-hop dancers Bionik Funk as The Ugly Sisters, who originally showcased their unique style of dance and entertainment on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Local entertainer Jason Jones will return as Baroness Henrietta Hardup, following rave reviews and outstanding performances as King Rat last year. Jason commented “I’ve performed in many pantomimes over the years but Cinderella will be the first one where I have to get into a frock and put on false eyelashes! I’m sure we’ll have lots of laughs!”

Cinderella is set to be a fast moving production full of fun, energy and audience participation with a modern feel to the music and script, beautiful costumes and fabulous sets complete with a fairytale ending that will captivate all age groups.

Tickets are now on sale, priced at £13 for adults and £11 for concessions. Family tickets and group booking discounts are available.

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