St Helens’ egg-cellent Easter panto will be steps above the rest 

St Helens Theatre Royal’s Easter panto is guaranteed to be step-tacular with Steps band member Lee Latchford-Evans starring as Prince Charming.

Producers Regal Entertainments are now excited to reveal the full cast for the egg-cellent Cinderella, which comes to St Helens Theatre Royal from Saturday, 24 March to Sunday, 15 April.

Boot-scoot on down to the Corporation Street venue this Easter and catch Lee Latchford-Evans; Georgina Parkinson; Lewis Devine; Andew Geater; Samantha Palin; Mark Newell; and Si Foster in the greatest rags to riches panto of them all.

Best known as one fifth of pop-phenomenon Steps, Lee Latchford-Evans has and still is achieving incredible success with the Brit award-winning band, selling in excess of 20 million records worldwide with famous hits such as Stomp, It’s the Way You Make Me Feel, 5,6,7,8 and recent iTunes Number 1 single Scared of The Dark.

No stranger to panto, Lee has starred in Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beastamong others. The star has also appeared on the St Helens Theatre Royal stage as love lothario Bob, in Regal Entertainments’ 2015 production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too!

Every Prince Charming needs a Princess and stepping in to those shoes, or rather glass slippers, playing Cinderella is St Helens Theatre Royal newcomer Georgina Parkinson.

This won’t be the first time Georgina has played the title role, after previously appearing as Cinderella at Scarborough Spa and Warrington Parr Hall. Her other theatre credits include the UK and Ireland tours of Billy Elliot, Shrek The Musical and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

After causing chaos and mayhem aplenty at Christmas as Muddles, audiences will be delighted to hear that the hilarious Lewis Devine makes a welcome return to the Theatre Royal stage as Buttons.

Also joining the cast is the talented Andrew Geater as Dandini. Andrew’s impressive vocal talents have seen him perform all over the world including as member of the world-renowned group The 12 Tenors. His theatre credits include Jesus Chris Superstar, Guys and Dolls and South Pacific.

Bringing a sprinkling of magic to the show and making all of Cinderella’s dreams come true will be Samantha Palin as the Fairy Godmother, whose theatre credits include the UK tour of Forever Dusty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Kings Theatre.

No panto would be complete without a Dame, and this show has double-trouble. Making poor Cinderella’s life a misery is her ugly sister’s, the terrible twosome Kendal and Kylie – played by the dastardly Mark Newell and St Helens’ resident Dame Si Foster.

Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a life of servitude by her two ugly step-sisters, but that will all change when an invitation to a grand ball at the palace arrives.

With a bit of magic and some help from her friend Buttons, Cinderella is transformed in to the belle of the ball. But what will happen at the stroke of midnight?

Enchanted pumpkins, glass slippers, a sparkling fairy-tale carriage and lots of fun to entertain the whole family, be sure to book tickets early. It would be a ‘Tragedy’ to miss it.

Theatre Manager Chantelle Nolan said: “We are delighted to announce the cast for our upcoming Easter panto. There is a huge array of talented performers with some familiar faces as well as some St Helens Theatre Royal newcomers. Audiences are in for a real treat – it’s going to be a cracking show!”

Tickets from £13. For more information visit www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com