Rehearsals underway for Theatre Royal's Cinderella panto
PUBLISHED: 11:07 06 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:21 06 December 2019
Copyright: Archant 2019
The cast of Norwich Theatre's Royal's Cinderella panto have left their scripts behind them as rehearsals begin with plenty of famous faces in the cast.
Nestled away in West Pottergate, rehearsals are taking place at a converted chapel which is normally the home of the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society.
The cast includes soapstars David Witts as Prince Charming (Eastenders' Joey Branning), Amanda Henderson as an Ugly Sister (Casualty's Robyn Miller) and Joe Tracini as Buttons (Hollyoaks' Dennis Savage).
The title role of Cinderella is played by Kara-Lianne Jones and Theatre Royal panto favourite Richard Gauntlett plays the Fairy Godmother and he is also the writer and director of the show.
Richard said: "We are here for eight days in this converted chapel and then we move to the theatre to start on the stage.
"It takes about a year to write and there are loads of ideas that go into it.
"I talk to the theatre, production manager and set team and the script is finally printed out in October.
"Norwich audiences are fantastic and brilliant, they are used to panto here and it is a joy to go out and perform."
The pantomime tells the timeless tale of a rag to riches servant girl who falls in love with Prince Charming.
However, the course of true love never did run smooth, with her nasty sisters trying to spoil her happiness, and audiences can expect plenty of songs, magical twists and laughter.
David said: "I think it is going to be a great show and you will leave feeling happy.
Speaking about his new home in Norwich for panto season, he added: "I've seen from my walk from my digs to the theatre and to here but so far it is seems nice and a cool city.
"I think I need to learn it first as it isn't just one clear main street, there are lots of little pockets to figure out."
Cinderella runs from December 17 to January 19 and you can purchase tickets at theatreroyanorwich.co.uk, by phone on 01603 630000 or in person at the box office.