Starry line-up at Theatre Royal

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THe stars are lining up to appear in this year’s pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham.

John Partridge and Sheila Ferguson will lead the cast of Cinderella, which runs from Saturday, December 8, to Sunday, January 13.

John Partridge, starring as Prince Charming, is a household name having played Christian Clarke in EastEnders since 2007 and as a judge on the hugely successful television series Over the Rainbow.

His extensive theatre career has seen him perform in more than a dozen high profile roles, including in Tommy, Grease and Starlight Express all in the West End. In 2009, John won the Inside Soap Award for the Sexiest Male.

Sheila Ferguson, known throughout the world as lead singer of the smash-hit group The Three Degrees, stars as The Fairy Godmother.

Her musical theatre credits include Fame, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Soul Train, Oh What A Night! and Respect La Diva.

Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division and executive producer of Cinderella, said: “We are delighted that John and Sheila, two pre-eminent figures in the world of entertainment, will lead the cast of Cinderella.

“Guaranteed to be another action-packed and must-see Theatre Royal Nottingham pantomime, the show will feature an abundance of comedy, fabulous sets, and outrageous costumes and, as Theatre Royal Nottingham audiences have come to expect, surprises galore along the way!”

Robert Sanderson, managing director of the Theatre Royal Nottingham, said: “Cinderella is without doubt the most magical of pantomimes and, with such a talented cast, I’m sure this production will be simply breathtaking.

“We, at the Theatre Royal, so much look forward to the pantomime season each year.

“It’s truly heartening to see families coming together for a terrific family outing, from great-grandparents to little ones. A visit to the pantomime is an absolute must for fun during the festive season’s celebrations, roll on, December!”

Other cast already announced for the Theatre Royal’s pantomime include comedy double-act The Grumbleweeds. Graham Walker and Robin Colvill were part of the original The Grumbleweeds Radio Show which ran for 15 series on BBC Radio 2 and won the Best Radio Show from The Television and Radio Industries Awards.

The double-act, who play the role of The Broker’s Men in Cinderella, are popular faces on the comedy circuit.

Cinderella runs at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Saturday 8 December 2012 to Sunday, January 13. Tickets are priced £27.50 to £13.50 and can be booked by calling 0115 989 5555 or by visiting www.trch.co.uk