The first ever production of “Cinderella” in its primitive 18th
Century form was staged at the Theatre Royal in 1702. In 1804 again
The first ever production of “Cinderella” in its primitive 18th Century form was staged at the Theatre Royal in 1702. In 1804 again
charity production boasted a cast of stars of screen, stage and predominantly
End.(Dame) Judi Dench appeared as the Fairy, with Peter O’Toole a mere walk
on- “Attendant at the gate”. Guests at the ball included the British film
legend Jessie Mathews, Elaine Stritch, Joss Ackland and Marti Webb, attended by
the footmen played by Richard Briars and (Sir) Donald Sinden.
policemen were gleaned from popular television “Policemen” including Peter
Byrne (Dixon of Dock Green) Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor (Z cars/softly
softly) while a band of fairies looked after the proceedings- including Patricia
Hodge, Isla Blair and Mela White in their number.
was played by Julian Holloway, and Cinderella by the
lowly villagers in the ensemble included Sara Kestleman, Sue Nicholls, Penelope
Wilton and Edward Hardwicke, while Patrick Carghill entertained at the grand
All in all, a spectacular cast for this, the most popular of pantomimes!
Sheila Hancock as Prince Mark
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