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Cast announced for Cinderella at Hilton Brighton Metropole: David Essex as video guest star

PUBLISHED: 10:40 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:57 09 November 2017

Cinderella (Hannah Bailey), Buttons (Dean Kilford) and Fairy Godmother (Keris Lea) with support from students of Brighton Academy © Graham Franks Photography

Cinderella (Hannah Bailey), Buttons (Dean Kilford) and Fairy Godmother (Keris Lea) with support from students of Brighton Academy © Graham Franks Photography

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

The line-up includes West End performer Joseph Peters (Jersey Boys, All or Nothing, Les Miserables) as Dandini. Alasdair Buchan (Urinetown: the musical, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) plays one half of the ugly sisters Donaldina and Melania with the duo completed by co-producer David Hill (Cinderella starring Julian Clary, Rocky Horror Show, Dora). 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 Buttons. David Essex will appear onscreen as Baron Hardup.

Speaking about the production, David 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 more than 300 applications from actresses hoping to play Cinderella. Writer Tim Newman commented: “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.”

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

Cinderella will be directed by Stuart Dawes (We Will Rock You, Passion, Spamalot and Tim Newman: Memphis the musical, Mamma Mia, All the Fun of The Fair) with choreography from Emma Green (Wicked, Grease, Fame the musical) and Kate Alexander (Hairspray, Starlight Express, Guys and Dolls). The live band will be under direction from Alex Turney (Once, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Olivier Awards).

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 will also enjoy free entrance to a Christmas Fayre including delicious food options, dodgems and a chance to meet Santa. Each performance will be raising money for Chailey Heritage Foundation, Chestnut Tree House and Rockinghorse.

Tickets can be purchased by going onto www.brightonfamilypanto.com

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