Preston’s Cinderella Pantomime is top seller

Panto Success: Star Ted Robbins in Cinderella, which has broken box office records
Panto Success: Star Ted Robbins in Cinderella, which has broken box office records
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It’s been a record breaking pantomime - oh yes it has!

Preston’s pantomime offering of Cinderella has had an extremely successful festive season with record-breaking sales.

This year’s production of the family favourite Cinderella smashed all box office records with its 52 performance run which started on December 3 and ended on December 31.

Cinderella is the fifth pantomime to be written and directed by comedy legend Ted Robbins who is clearly on to a winning formula with increased sales year on year.

Ted began working with the Guild Hall Charter Theatre back in 2009 and has not only written and directed but also starred in all five productions, including Cinderella, in both 2009 and 2013, Snow White in 2010, Aladdin in 2011 and Jack and The Beanstalk in 2012.

Pantomime bosses pride themselves on top quality entertainment so the production values this year have been bigger and better than ever.

With a magical transformation scene complete with fake snow and Shetland ponies, a fantastic light show finale and plenty of audience participation, audiences were delighted by the fun extravaganza.

Ted Robbins, former Phoenix Nights star who also appears in children’s programme The Slammer, was Baron Hard Up in the production and Emmerdale’s Leah Bracknell was the Fairy Godmother and Tom Milner was Buttons.

However The Harper Brothers, Darren and Bob, sons of comedian Bobby Ball stole the show as The Ugly Sisters in their polka dot bloomers. In drag for the first time, the two made sure everyone went away laughing.

Jodie Hamblet returned as Cinderella and Phil Swift, who comes from Blackpool, made his professional stage debut as the Prince alongside Ben Deaville as his Dandini.

Ted Robbins said: “If I get asked anywhere more than once, I consider that a real compliment so to be asked back five times to do the Preston panto is unbelievable.

“It is wonderful to know this year’s production broke all records and I hope the audiences enjoyed watching it as much as we all enjoyed performing in it.”

Melanie Hutchings, Guild Hall general manager, said: “We are delighted with the response and feedback we’ve received this year.

“We hope everyone who attended had a wonderful time and will visit us again in the New Year.”