The Theatre Royal Bath is delighted to announce that Dani Harmer, one of the biggest stars of children’s television in BBC history, will play the title role in the pantomime Cinderella this Christmas. Joining Dani are Gavin & Stacey star Melanie Walters as Fairy Godmother and local comedian Jon Monie as Buttons in UK Productions’ glittering 2014 show – which appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 11th December to Sunday 11th January.
In the greatest pantomime of them all, Cinderella is treated as a servant by her wicked (not to mention ugly) stepsisters. She needs all the magic her Fairy Godmother can muster, along with help from her best friend, Buttons, if she is to meet her Prince Charming, and find true love before the clock strikes midnight. With its enchanting story, side-splitting comedy, lavish settings and adorable miniature ponies, Cinderella is the perfect entertainment for the festive season and this truly traditional production will ensure that every family member has a ball.
Dani Harmer is known to millions of children for her starring role in CBBC’s highly successful series The Story of Tracy Beaker and Tracy Beaker Returns, winner of the 2010 Children’s BAFTA for Best Drama. Dani starred as Tracy Beaker from the age of twelve and played the character for six successful series, receiving a BAFTA nomination for her performance in 2010. The much acclaimed series also received a Royal Television Society Award nomination for Best Children’s Drama in 2011. Her own hit CBBC show, Dani’s House also received a Children’s BAFTA nomination in 2009. During its last series in 2011, Tracy Beaker Returns received the highest ratings ever for the CBBC channel. 2012 saw Dani perform in the hugely popular, BBC1 series Strictly Come Dancing reaching the final with her professional dance partner Vincent Simone. Her success on the show led Dani to take part in the 2013 Strictly Come Dancing National Tour dancing with Pasha Kovalev. On stage, Dani started her acting career aged six performing in the West End musical Tommy, before appearing in the national tour of Annie. She has previously starred in the pantomimes Peter Pan, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Wizard of Oz. On stage, Dani recently headlined as Janet in the 40th Anniversary Tour of The Rocky Horror Show.
Making dreams come true as Fairy Godmother this Christmas will be Melanie Walters, best known on television as Stacey’s mum, Gwen West, in BBC’s BAFTA award-winning series Gavin & Stacey. On stage, her numerous credits range from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Sheridan’s The Rivals to Willy Russell’s Educating Rita and Blood Brothers. Her previous pantomime credits include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Her television work also includes Stella, The District Nurse, Dangerfield, Jack of Hearts, Casualty, Holby City, Belonging, Coronation Street, Being Human and The Bill. Earlier this year, Melanie appeared as part of a star-studded line-up in a new BBC television adaptation marking the 60th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.
Jon Monie returns by popular demand this Christmas to play Buttons, his mischievous comedy and hilarious antics have made him a huge favourite with Bath’s pantomime audiences. His many previous roles include Smee in last year’s Peter Pan; Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 2012; Idle Jack in Dick Whittington in 2011; Wishee Washee in Aladdin in 2010; Muddles in Sleeping Beauty in 2009; Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2008; and Ugly Sister Dolly in Cinderella in 2006. An award-winning comedian and experienced television presenter, this summer Jon performs his acclaimed stand-up show Avent & Monie: Back to Front, alongside comedy partner Graham Avent, at The 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
David Ball and Byron Mondahl will team up as two of the ugliest ugly sisters ever seen, as they reprise their acclaimed pantomime double act for the third time, having received acclaim at theatres across the UK. In true pantomime tradition, in spite of their valiant attempts to divert the course of true love, rest assured everything will end happily ever after.
Byron Mondahl started his career in South Africa, before training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He is a regular member of Bristol’s highly regarded Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory Company, and he was last seen at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2007 as PC Pong in Aladdin.
The experienced company of actors performing in Cinderella also features Owen Thompson as Prince Charming and Bobby Windebank as Dandini. Once again this Christmas, the Theatre Royal welcomes back the talented young dancers from Bath’s Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance,returning after numerous highly acclaimed performances.
Set to thrill West Country audiences, Martin Dodd’s UK Productions return to the Theatre Royal Bath to present Cinderella following 2013’s record-breaking pantomime Peter Pan.
CINDERELLA appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 11th December 2014 to Sunday 11th January 2015. Tickets are on sale now with an early bird discount for bookings paid for by the end of October. To book contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk
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