Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome Theatre confirms panto cast
The principal cast has been confirmed for Cinderella at Eastbourne’s Royal Hippodrome Theatre this Christmas.
Luke Roberts is returning in the role of Buttons. Roberts, who is best known for CITV’s smash-hit variety-style series Hi-5, stole the show as Peter Pan at the Hippodrome back in 2019.
Joining Roberts (Buttons) in the Hippodrome panto are returning favourites – Eastbourne’s own Katie Sanders as Cinderella, Rachel Cantrill as Fairy G and the wicked Paul Leno and Jack Everson as the “ugliest sisters in pantoland.”
Joining the company is West End vocalist Jonny Ritchie as Baron Hardup.
Hippodrome summer season star Grant Martins as Prince Charming and Daniel Garnham as Dandini also join the company.
Auditions are to be held locally for the roles of junior and senior ensemble in September.
Executive producer for Neon Theatrical and director of the panto, Paul Leno said: “Not only am I so excited to be back working in a theatre after such a long break during the pandemic, but one such as the Hippodrome which boasts such fond memories for me.
“This year, I am delighted to be co-producing the panto with the management of the Hippodrome – Alex and Debbie Adams. We have decided to collaborate to be able to bring the best show that Eastbourne can offer. The dates are longer, there are more performances and the show will be bigger than previous Christmas seasons.”
Alex Adams, managing director for the Hippodrome, said: “Myself and the entire team are so excited to be bringing family panto back to this beautiful theatre. After the year we’ve all had, it’s going to be an absolute pleasure to bring laughter and happiness back into the building and our lives. Panto is such a brilliant way for families to congregate together at Christmas. We’re offering a show that is family friendly, affordable and still gives the audience an incredible experience.”
Cinderella is running at the Hippodrome from December 13-January 2. Tickets from £8.
If you book your tickets before September 1, all tickets have a discount of £1.50. T’s & C’s apply. You can book online at royalhippodrome.com or by calling 01323 802020.