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BLOG : Cinderella: Dream Pantomime Casting

Monday 09 May 2016

By Shanine Salmon

London Palladium confirmed their first panto, Cinderella in 29 years. The venue used to be was once synonymous with annual pantomimes from 1948-1987, with the last production 'Babes in the Wood' starring Dame Barbara Windsor and Cannon & Ball. It attracted names such as Cilla Black, Ronnie Corbett and Julie Andrews but in a world where most casting is soap stars and reality tv celebrities who would be the dream names to star in Cinderella.

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Paul Merton
Known for his work with Comedy Store players and as panellist on Have I got News for You Merton isn’t new to pantomime; having appeared in ITV’s efforts between 1998 and 2002 but he is due a return as a campy dame or a wise cracking sidekick.

Sheridan Smith
Smith starred in TV drama ‘Panto!’ in 2012 with John Bishop but she would make a fabulous Cinderella (she’s completely versatile), especially if the rumoured Britney Spears is indisposed, if she can find the time amongst her busy schedule.

Helen Mirren
It would be a long awaited return to the stage since The Audience and she would make a glamorous wicked stepmother and could bring some Jane Tennyson hardness to the role.

Lily Savage
Paul O’Grady’s creation would be the ultimate pantomime dame, if Paul was ever willing to don the wig and leopard print again, cheeky, sassy I wouldn't want to mess with this Wicked Stepmother.

Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart
Far too busy with No Man’s Land but BFFs Ian and Patrick would make excellent Ugly Sisters. McKellen is no stranger to panto, playing Widow Twanky in the Old Vic 2004 production of Aladdin.

Tom Hardy and Idris Elba
This is from my own personal wish list as they are gorgeous but both have the cheeky charm to make a stunning pantomime appearance. Cinderella always needs a Prince Charming and a Buttons, perhaps they could alternate?

Cinderella will run at the London Palladium for a limited Christmas season from 9 December to 15 January 2016.

tags: Family Friendly, Christmas, Children, Classics, Hot Tickets, Limited Run, Pantomime


By Shanine Salmon

Shanine works full time as Drama examinations administrator and hopes to start an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture in September. Her interests are politics, archives, film and of course theatre. She prefers plays but does enjoy dressing up for Rocky Horror Show.

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