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If you’ve seen lots of families wandering around town recently, at about tea time, with huge smiles on their faces, it’s probably because they’ve just come out of a performance of Cinderella at the Everyman Theatre.

The show opened on 26th November and runs until 8th January. During that time nearly 40,000 people will laugh and sing along with the stars of the show, boo the Ugly Sisters, laugh along with Buttons and leave the auditorium liberally sprinkled with seasonal magic.

Director Phil Clark puts a huge emphasis on it being a ‘family friendly’ show following the traditional Cinderella tale and climaxing in a winter wonderland finale.

Two of the stars of the this year’s Panto will be familiar faces to CBeebies viewers, as they are regulars in the hugely popular children’s BBC TV series, Grandpa in My Pocket.

Zara Ramm from Stroud, will be playing the Fairy Godmother. Zara is best known to CBeebies fans as the delightfully dotty and enthusiastic Mum in the hit TV show. This is Zara’s second pantomime at the Everyman:  “Last year I played the wicked witch, so it’s great to be a goodie this time and make everyone’s dreams come true.”

No Cinderella would be complete without the comedy antics of the Ugly Sisters. Alan McMahon, who is playing Germalina, stars as the whacky Inventor in Grandpa in My Pocket. Although this is Alan’s first visit to Cheltenham, he is certainly no stranger to pantomime having donned a frock many times before. Both Alan and Zara were delighted when they learned they would be appearing together in Cinderella. “Grandpa in My Pocket is a fantastic show to work on but it’s always great to do more theatre, especially panto,” they agreed.

William Elliott returns to Cheltenham for his fourth pantomime outing as the other Ugly Sister, in partnership with Alan. William loves wearing frocks at Christmas, “It’s the most fun of all the characters. We’ve got some great comedy routines, which are a joy to do and it gives me such a buzz to see the audience laughing.” There are a couple more local artistes in the show as well. Cheltenham’s own Wink Taylor will be playing Buttons and Wendy Abrahams does a bit of thigh slapping as Dandini alongside Kelli Maybank playing Prince Charming. Cinders is played by Amy Price and her father, Baron Hardup, by another regular, Mark Hyde.

So, if you haven’t got your tickets yet, don’t get caught napping - buy them now for this fun packed show. Cinderella runs until 8th January. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01242 572573 or online at www.everymantheatre.org.uk