December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Cinderella’s step-sisters are hoping their ugly days are behind them after a shopping spree and make-up session at one of Norwich’s shopping malls.
The colourful characters brought a touch of panto fun to intu Chapelfield yesterday when they dropped by for some retail therapy in between costume fittings at Norwich Theatre Royal, where they will be performing in Cinderella later this year.
Glass slippers were most certainly not on Candy and Flossie’s lists as the duo perused the stores – and they dragged along their poor step-father Baron Hardup to foot the bill.
In House of Fraser, Flossie’s usually flamboyant look was given a sophisticated makeover by staff at the Benefit cosmetics counter.
Flossie, played by Ian Belsey, said: “I’m going for temptation, dazzling temptation. My idols of course are all the great screen icons so I think maybe a touch of Marilyn or Ava Gardner.”
At the end of her makeover, she added: “I, of course, looked beautiful to start with, but I like very much what they have done.
“My eyes are my most beautiful feature and they have set them off beautifully.
“It’s been absolutely fabulous having the makeover and I would recommend it to everyone especially my sister – she most definitely needs it.”
But Candy, played by Graeme Henderson, said she was in no need of make-up tips to look her best.
“Well, of course I don’t need a makeover because you cannot improve on perfection,” she said, as she watched the make-up artists perform their magic on her sister.
“This is day five by the way, I’ve already had a small vacation while she has been tarted-up! She does look lovely, but don’t tell her I said that.”
Meanwhile Baron Hardup, played by Christopher Ryan, did not enjoy the trip quite as much as his step-daughters.
“My name is Baron Hardup and now you know why,” he said.
“I have to tell you, it’s a nightmare. If it was Cinderella it would be completely different. She’d be buying me cups of tea and cakes, and looking after me.”
But all three agreed they were looking forward to taking to the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal in the coming festive season.
“Norwich is a super place and we are both looking forward to playing in panto here with Daddy,” said Candy.
Also joining the trio in the Cinderella cast this Christmas will be former Emmerdale and Hollyoaks actor Matt Milburn, who will play Prince Charming, and The Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson, who will play the Fairy Godmother.
Pantomime stalwart Richard Gauntlett will play Buttons as well as write and direct the show.
The Ugly Sisters shopping and makeover experience launched the promotion of a special beauty event at intu Chapelfield. To find out more visit www.intuchapelfield.co.uk
n Cinderella is at Norwich Theatre Royal from Tuesday, December 17 until Sunday, January 19. For more information or to book tickets visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call 01603 630000.
n Norwich Theatre Royal is also holding its annual free open day on Saturday from 10am until 4pm. Visitors can take a tour, take part in games and activities, and find out more about the theatre. The venue will also be selling some of its surplus costumes.