Lee Mead .. Timeline
Cinderella casting news .. 26 May 2016
Ever since Lee said at one of his album launch gigs
at London's Pheasantry back in March that he'd just heard about "the biggest thing that's happened to me in panto", speculation as to what it could be has been rife amongst his fans. When the return of panto to the London Palladium
was announced not long after, it was very easy to hope that this was the 'big thing' of which he spoke!
And the hope was rewarded with the announcement today of the first names in an all-star Cinderella
cast for this 'must-see spectacular' from the world's biggest pantomime producer, QDOS Entertainments
. With later announcements in July and September, the principal cast line-up is:
- Paul O'Grady as Wicked Stepmother
- Julian Clary as Dandini
- Amanda Holden as Fairy Godmother
- Lee Mead as Prince Charming
- Paul Zerdin as Buttons
- Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain
- Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup
- Natasha Barnes as Cinderella
- Suzie Chard as Wicked Stepsister
- Wendy Somerville as Wicked Stepsister
For me, the casting of Natasha Barnes as Cinderella, following her critically-acclaimed cover run as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, is so much better than some of the previously rumoured 'celeb' names. I was also interested to read Director, Michael Harrison's thoughts on casting women as the Stepsisters: "When you have O'Grady and Clary on your team with huge costume changes and bags of comedy, the sisters need to take on a different guise, hence they are Wicked not Ugly. The show needs balance and it doesn't need too much drag - we have the greatest already.
" With a 22 strong ensemble also selected following auditions in late August and a top-notch creative team (detailed on the show's website
), QDOS promises to deliver a truly spectacular show.
The show will open on Saturday 10 December 2016 and runs until Sunday 15 January 2017.
[Ticket and schedule info removed now show is over.]
Last updated: 3 October 2016