Standby evil laughter, get ready thunder and lightning! It’s that time of year again as the Mercury Theatre in Colchester announces its 2014 pantomime, Cinderella.
This year’s panto promises to be a traditional affair with plenty of audience participation, slop and sloshy fun and the return of favourite Mercury stars Dale Superville, Ignatius Anthony and Tim Freeman.
In Stoneybroke Hall the wicked Baroness Evilla is forcing poor Cinderella to live an awful life as an all-round slave. When the Prince of Colchester Castle proclaims his plan to pick a princess at a posho party, Cinders’ ugly step-sisters set out to take his hand in marriage… by force if necessary!
Cinderella’s happiness depends on her best friend Buttons. If Buttons can complete his double totes ridic cray cray mission to see Prince Charming and Cinderella marry, he’ll earn his wings from Fairy Fingringhoe. He’ll then be able to do what he’s always wanted to do – fly!
This year’s pantomime will be directed by the Mercury Theatre’s Artistic Director, and director of last year’s hit production of Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion, Daniel Buckroyd.
Daniel said, “Cinderella is a timeless story and great if you want to try panto for the first time! Our pantomime has been written by Fine Time Fontayne, affectionately known at the Mercury as “Mr Panto!” – he has written for us before.”
He continued, “This year we’ll be introducing some new faces to our panto, but also see the return of some familiar Mercury panto favourites!”
The Mercury has also introduced an Off-Peak Friends and Family Deal to make a visit to the panto more affordable – book six seats or more on an off-peak show in the top-price (green) area, you’ll get £3 off per ticket.
Cinderella will play at the Mercury Theatre from Friday 5th December to Sunday 11th January. To book tickets visit www.mercurytheatre.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01206 573948.