Lyric Hammersmith has announced full casting and creative team for Cinderella – their 15th Lyric Hammersmith pantomime.
Tilly La Belle Yengo is cast as Cinderella, alongside Emmanuel Akwafo playing Lady Jelly-Bottom and Jodie Jacobs who will play the Fairy.
Joining them are Charlie Cameron playing Muffy, Damien James playing Prince Henry, Meghan Treadway playing Gusset and Maya De Faria, Jerome Lincoln, and the Lyric’s SPRINGBOARD trainee Bella Macdonald in the Ensemble.
Award-winning comedian, writer and composer Vikki Stone returns the Lyric Hammersmith with a magical new adapation of the classic story which is directed by Tonderai Munyevu who is currently performing in As You Like It at The Globe.
The Lyric’s pantomime stormed West London in 2008 with Jack and the Beanstalk and since then the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has entertained over 330,000 people at its annual pantomime. For the Lyric panto’s 15th year, Cinderella is back bigger and better than ever before.
Vikki Stone, Writer (Cinderella) said:“There’s something uniquely special about the Lyric panto. It’s hard to put into words exactly what it is, but there’s just something about the alchemy of talent and fun in this building in particular, that makes this one of the coolest pantos in the country.”
Tonderai Munyevu, Director (Cinderella) said: “I cannot wait to bring Cinderella to West London this Christmas. Vikki Stone has outdone herself with this show which takes centre stage in Hammersmith. It is very cheeky, it’s very magical, and it’s definitely very poptastic! This Cinderella is hilarious and exhilarating festive fun for all the family. We have an exceptional cast ready to dance, sing and make you laugh out loud in the aisles this Christmastime. This will be an unforgettable pitch perfect panto of your dreams!”
Rachel O’Riordan, Artistic Director and CEO of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre said: “The Lyric Panto is tradition for many audiences in West London and beyond and we couldn’t be prouder to produce a brand new iteration of a much-loved story, Cinderella, by Vikki Stone. Our pantomimes are made right here in Hammersmith, with the glorious costumes being stitched and sequined in our wardrobe department. The Lyric Panto is part of our West London DNA – since before the Second World War we have celebrated the joyful and anarchic art of panto; and this year we celebrate 15 years of a reinvigorated version of this traditional art form. We couldn’t be more excited to share this 15th anniversary production with our audience.”
The production’s creative team will feature set and costume designer Good Teeth, choreographer Arielle Smith, lighting designer Ciarán Cunningham, composer and arranger Corin Buckeridge, sound designer Nick Manning, musical director Adam Gerber, casting director Sophie Parrott CDG and assistant director Mo Korede.
Cinderella is scheduled to run from 18 November 2023 to 6 January 2024, with a press night set for 25 November.