Throw on your glass slippers for Christmas panto

Suzanne Shaw, second from left, with Russell Grant (centre) and Holly Brewer, second from right
Suzanne Shaw, second from left, with Russell Grant (centre) and Holly Brewer, second from right

Astrologer and pantomime favourite Russell Grant is back in town for this year’s Christmas show as he labels Aylesbury’s theatre as ‘glorious’.

Fresh from being shot out of a cannon on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, he’s back at the Waterside Theatre in December to play Baron Hardup in family-favourite Cinderella.

His co-stars will be Holly Brewer as Cinderella, Andrew Derbyshire as Prince Charming, Suzanne Shaw as Fairy Godmother, and Tim Hudson and Dave Lynn as Ugly Sisters.

Russell said: “I’ve done so many pantos in my life – I’ve worked out that I’ve done over 20 pantomimes over the years. I came to Aylesbury two years ago and had really the best of times in Peter Pan.

“This year I got offered many different roles and Aylesbury popped up again and for me, there was no choice to make.

“It’s really my favourite theatre for panto, it’s glorious, and this year Baron Hardup has a dance school so I do think there will be a lot of ‘samba-ing’ and ‘rumba-ing’. I’ve never played this part before and I’m looking forward to working with a great cast.

“If ever you ask the kids what their favourite panto is – especially the little girls – they always say ‘oh, Cinderella!’ so in many ways Cinderella is what pantomime is all about.”

Blonde-haired and blue-eyed Holly Brewer is perfect for the role of Cinders, and first dipped her toe into the panto world at the age of 14.

The up-and-coming actress won the MK Top Talent competition at Milton Keynes Theatre to star in that year’s show which was, by coincidence, Cinderella.

The cast begin rehearsals in December before the curtain comes up on December 16. The show runs until January 4.

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