Perth Theatre is preparing for this year’s pantomime Cinderella which opens on Friday 6 December and runs until Saturday 4 January. Cinderella is the last production in Perth’s 114 year-old theatre before the historic venue closes for a two year transformation period which will see the Edwardian auditorium fully restored and new performance and workshop spaces and public areas created.
Officially the nation’s favourite panto, Cinderella is presented by the same team who created last year’s Christmas cracker Mother Goose and promises to be packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter.
Ugly sisters have all the fun. They’ve pulled on their fancy clothes and gone to the royal party, but poor Cinderella must stay behind in her rags to tidy up after them! Her heart may be pure and true, but will Cinders ever dance at a ball? Will she meet her handsome prince and live happily ever after? Will she even get some decent shoes? One thing is for sure, she is going to need more than a Fairy Godmother to help her. This enchanting ‘rags-to-riches’ tale is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.
Written by Alan McHugh, Cinderella is directed by Horsecross Arts’ creative director for theatre, the 2013 CATS award-winning director Rachel O’Riordan, who said: “The Perth Theatre family is looking forward to welcoming audiences old and young to everybody’s favourite panto in our beautiful, historic theatre. There is nothing like a panto to convey the excitement of Christmas – expect romance, music, glamorous costumes, hilarious dames and great songs – comealong, join in and lose yourselves in the fun and magic of this annual Perth tradition.”
Helen Mackay is Cinderella and regular dame Barrie Hunter returns as one of the Ugly Sisters alongside Michael Moreland.