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Emmerdale’s Sammy Winward; Benidorm’s Crissy Rock; and Brookside’s Sarah White were recently announced to appear in Cinderella at the Hanover Street venue later this year.
They will be joined by Shameless’ Warren Donnelly; Andrew Geater; Samantha Palin; and Lewis Devine who complete this year’s cast.
Audiences are guaranteed to have a ball when the greatest rags to riches tale opens from Fri 6 Dec ’19 – Sun 5 Jan ’20 – and tickets are on-sale now.
In a first for the venue, the panto will also include a magical interactive 3D scene – bringing the panto magic to life like never before!
Sammy Winward will lead the cast in the title role of Cinderella. Sammy trained at the Academy of Classical Dance and Stage and is most notable for playing Katie Sugden in ITV’s Emmerdale, a role she played for 14 years.
Her other TV credits include Lucy Murdoch in Prey and Siobhan Murphy in Fearless for ITV.
It is certain to be a White Crissy-mas, with Brookside’s Sarah White and award-winning actor and comedian Crissy Rock as the Ugly Sisters.
Crissy’s screen career began with an award-winning performance in Ken Loache’s 1994 film drama Ladybird, Ladybird.
The Liverpool native is also renowned for her role as Janey York in ITV’s Benidorm, and most recently took part in The All New Monty: Ladies Night which saw a group of celebrities strip-off to raise awareness of the importance of early health checks in preventing breast cancer.
Crissy’s stage credits include Escorts: The Musical, Dirty Dusting, Rita, Sue and Bob Too! and Achy Breaky Bride, and panto credits include Ugly Sister in Cinderella at St Helens Theatre Royal and Fairy Godmother in Sleeping Beauty at The Brindley.
Whilst Sarah White is best known for her character Bev McLoughlin in Brookside, where her controversial and dramatic storyline saw her have a baby with her boyfriend’s son.
Her theatre credits include Margy in The Morris at the Liverpool Everyman, Rita in three UK tours of Naked Truth, and Sheila in The Salon at both The Epstein Theatre and St Helens Theatre Royal.
Most notable for playing Stan Waterman in the Channel 4 series Shameless, Liverpool actor Warren Donnelly will play Dandini. No stranger to the stage, Warren’s previous panto credits include King Rat in Dick Whittington and Abanazer in Aladdin both at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre.
Cinderella is produced by Epstein Entertainments Ltd, a joint venture between Chantelle Nolan and Jane Joseph from Regal Entertainments Ltd and producer Bill Elms.
Producer Chantelle Nolan said: “We are very excited to announce the full line-up for our debut panto here at the Epstein Theatre. It promises to be a tremendous show for young and old alike, and we can’t wait to bring this classic panto tale to life for audiences of Liverpool this Christmas.”
Epstein Entertainments’ debut production at the venue promises to be a festive extravaganza.
Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a life of servitude by her two ugly stepsisters. That is all set to change when an invitation to a grand ball at the palace arrives. With a bit of magic and some help from her friend Buttons, Cinderella is transformed into the belle of the ball. But what will happen at the stroke of midnight?
Enchanted pumpkins, glass slippers, a sparkling fairy-tale carriage – Epstein Entertainments’ version of this classic tale has something for the whole family.
Be sure to book your tickets early and get ready to be whisked off to the most lavish panto in all the land.
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