Cast announced for noughties inspired Cinderella panto at Watford Palace Theatre

Casting  has been announced for Watford Palace Theatre’s noughties inspired Cinderella panto.

Cinderella wants to party ‘like it’s 1999’ but her stepmother has other ideas in this production, running 30 November – 31 December 2023.

Returning as pantomime dame for his eleventh year running, Royal Court and Shakespeare’s Globe actor, Terence Frisch will bring sparkles and sass in his starring role as Fanny G.

In the starring role as Cinderella will be Soleil Quarless who was discovered through a local casting callout that Watford Palace ran earlier this year.

Alongside these starring roles as the King and Furby will be Mark Pearce and Samuel Wolstenholme as the Prince. Striding into the role of the stepmother, Drizelda will be played by Lucyelle Cliffe, supported by her daughters Britney, Lucia Vinyard and Christina, Luke Farrugia .

Performing in the chorus will beJohnson Brock, Elliot Hazel andTamisa Chivandire.

It’s New Year’s Eve in Watford and the countdown has begun for the year 2000! Cinderella loves a good boogey and, as an avid music listener, is never one to miss a beat when she grooves alone in her cellar. Meanwhile, over at the Palace, the King is set to throw the party of the century in his search to find the Prince a wife to wed. Join Cinderella on her adventure to outwit her stepsisters, Britney and Christina, and sneak out to attend the ultimate New Year’s Eve bash.

The production is presented by directing and designing duo, James Williams and Cleo Pettitt (Award Winner for Dick Whittington And His Cat, Best Set Designer – Pantomime) who are returning with their millennium-inspired revival of this classic tale, supported by the sensational script writing of Teresa Burns (Justins’s House, CBBC; Wild, Unicorn Theatre).

Chief Executive and Director of Programming for Watford Palace Theatre, Steve Marmion said: “As the new boy at the Palace, and a lover of panto, I am really excited to be sampling my first Watford Christmas feast alongside you all! From the award-winning designer to the crowd favourite dame, the brilliant new writer or the local hero lead actor it will have something for everyone and is sure to get you in the mood the festivities!”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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