David Essex guest stars on video in Brighton family panto

Producers behind the new family pantomime, Cinderella, which opens on December 22 at The Hilton Brighton Metropole, have announced their cast for the show.

The line-up, which will see David Essex appear on-screen as Baron Hardup, includes West End performers, Jon Robyns as Prince Charming: Joseph Peters as Dandini and Alasdair Buchan playing one half of the repugnant ugly sisters Donaldina and Melania.

Completing the disgusting duo is none other than Cinderella co-producer and career pantomime dame David Hill.

Finally, the cast boasts a host of local celebrities in Lou Nash and Alex Baker from Juice 107.2, playing The Lord and Lady Chamberlain, Keris Lea from The Sundaes playing The Fairy Godmother and Dean Kilford from Latest TV, 1 Brighton FM and BBC Sussex, as Cinderella’s happy-go-lucky best friend, Buttons.

Co-producer David Hill, said: “The reaction to Cinderella has been overwhelming and we’ve already added an extra date due to the demand for tickets. We have secured a first class cast for this production and I’m very proud to be part of it”. 

A county-wide ‘Search for Cinders’ was mounted just over a month ago which resulted in over three hundred applications from actresses hoping to play Cinderella.

Co-producer and writer of the new show, Tim Newman, said: “Hannah Bailey who will be playing Cinderella offers us everything we were hoping for in this part and I know that every young girl in the audience will fall in love with her. I’m not sure what Hannah is more excited about, playing Cinders or having David Essex as her father in the show!”

Cinderella is being produced by Brighton Premiere, a collaboration of two Brighton based companies, E3 and The Brighton Academy of Performing Arts.

The creative team is also composed of West End stars, and has two cast members from 2015’s Disney’s live action version of Cinderella within its ranks!

It will be directed by Stuart Dawes with choreography from Emma Green and musical direction by Alex Turney.

This new production, which features a huge LED video wall and one of the largest pantomime casts in the country is only half of the experience. Ticket holders to the 750-seated auditorium, will also enjoy free entrance to a magical Christmas Fayre including delicious food options, dodgems and a chance to meet Santa himself!

Each performance will also be raising money for the three biggest children’s charities in Sussex, Chailey Heritage Foundation, Chestnut Tree House and Rockinghorse.

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