The clock has struck 12, which means we can finally share the stars of Birmingham Hippodrome’s 2017 pantomime!
Following the success of last year’s Dick Whittington, Birmingham Hippodrome has announced its shiny new cast that will star in this year’s production of Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes.
This year’s cast includes Wolverhampton-born Beverly Knight, who is making her panto debut as The Fairy Godmother. Joining Beverly is former Hollyoaks star Danny Mac; after jiving his way into the Strictly Come Dancing finals last year, he’ll be swapping his dancing shoes to step into the boots of Prince Charming.
Returning to the Hippodrome for his fifth consecutive panto appearance is the loveable Matt Slack. After receiving rave reviews for his champion performance as Idle Jack in last year, he’ll be taking on the role of Buttons to make sure that Cinderella gets to the ball on time.
Former pop and TV star Suzanne Shaw will star Cinderella. After rising to fame in the TV series Popstars, which saw her become part of popular pop group Hear’Say, Suzanne has since enjoyed a rather successful acting career having appeared in various stage roles and pantomimes over the years and winning Dancing on Ice back in 2008.
Robin Colvill and James Brandon, better known as The Grumbleweeds, will appear as The Broker’s Men. Regulars on the UK comedy scene since the 1960s across radio, television, theatre, cabaret and pantomime the ‘guv’nors’ of live comedy will bring their inimitable style of family entertainment, musical comedy and laugh-out-loud routines to the production.
Completing the line-up will be Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall as the Ugly Sisters. For the first time, Ceri and Phil will come together as the ultimate Ugly Sister pairing, bringing a wealth of panto experience and sensational costumes having impersonated the world’s biggest divas and entertaining thousands of theatregoers every Christmas.
Once again this year’s production will be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, with Michael Harrison as Producer and Director for the eighth consecutive year. And having recently brought his Olivier Award-winning production, Funny Girl to the Hippodrome earlier this year, audiences can expect great things from Cinderella.
The clock is ticking until show time…book your tickets to the ball now!