Sparkling tale of joy with panto in town

Some of the cast of Cinderella coming to Banbury
Some of the cast of Cinderella coming to Banbury

A classic tale of love in the most of unlikely of places will be performed in a traditional pantomime starting this week.

The Cherwell Theatre Company, Banbury’s only professional theatre company, put on a new version of Cinderella at the Wykham Theatre at Banbury Academy.

It will be the 11th festive production for the group which combines professional, amateur and young actors. It run from January 8 - 17.

Artistic Director Tristan Pate, who succeeded CTC founder Nasser Memarzia in leading CTC last year, said: “After ten incredibly popular festive productions, we are putting our enthusiasm this year into what is arguably one of the most beloved pantomimes.

“As with Robin Hood, we’ve written a brand new script both warm and traditional in the true spirit of a good British panto, but is also very current in its humour and themes.

“Our ugly sisters are selfie-obsessed posers and our Cinders is a converse wearing, resilient, musically talented girl of the 21st century - a far cry from her traditional portrayal. There’s lots of live musicianship from our talented cast as well- a first for us as we strive to make our shows more ambitious year by year.

“Our audiences can expect some hilarious and original songs and fabulous dancing. After all, no pantomime would be complete without a rapping Prince and his underwear-throwing entourage!” said Mr Pate.

“Our usual brand of slapstick comedy will of course remain, embellished with a heavy dose of magic!”

As the only local and professional theatre company working from an original script with a cast varying in age and experience, Mr Pate urges audiences of all ages to see the show.

“As well as receiving hundreds of children from local primary schools, lots of families enjoy our production each year and we love playing to them at our weekend and evening shows. There are laughs for children, parents and grandparents alike- as well as opportunities to drag a lucky few ones up onstage to join in the fun,” he said.

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