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Cast confirmed for Stephen Fry's Cinderella
Casting has been confirmed for Stephen Fry's pantomime Cinderella, which opens at the Old Vic 9 Dec 2007, following previews from 4 Dec - running to 20 Jan 2008.
Pauline Collins (Fairy Godmother), Sandi Toksvig (The Narrator), Debbie Chazen (The Queen), Oliver Chopping (Dandini), Hal Fowler (Ugly Sister), Paul Keating (Buttons), Mark Lockyer (Ugly Sister), Joseph Millson (Prince Charming), Madeleine Worrall (Cinderella).
Commenting on the project, Kevin Spacey said: “I’m enormously pleased by the range of talented artists joining us to make Cinderella a truly spectacular event this Christmas. The combination of such British favourites as Pauline Collins and Sandi Toksvig with a remarkable range of young and talented cast from stage, television and film will create something truly special. I can’t wait to see how they all bring to life Stephen’s marvellously witty story and characters to the sound of Anne Dudley’s great new songs. It’s the perfect celebration of The Old Vic’s vaudeville history and a great deal of fun.”
Pauline Collins first became widely known playing the maid Sarah in the hugely popular 1970s television series, Upstairs, Downstairs. In 1988, she starred in the one-woman show Shirley Valentine, later reprising the role on Broadway and the screen version.
Sandi Toksvig is a comedian, presenter, actress and writer who performed at the first night of The Comedy Store in London and is an original member of The Comedy Store Players. She was a familiar face on the popular improvisation television show, Whose Line is it Anyway? and has presented Call My Bluff and Behind the Headlines.
Cinderella is directed by Fiona Laird, music by Anne Dudley, design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell, choreography by Francesca Jaynes, and sound by Nick Lidster and Terry Jardine for Autograph.
Cinderella lives in misery with her cruel stepmother and step-sisters, but her life is transformed forever with one magical wave of her Fairy Godmother’s wand. Cinderella is a tale of magic, midnight and mischief - the perfect evening of family Christmas fun, jam-packed with laughter, cross-dressing, singing, shoes, envy, dancing and cake. And of course love, the truest purest love you could ever wish for. Cinderella, has been cheekily updated for the 21st century but respects the visual spirit and splendour of traditional pantomime.