Performed from Thu 29 Nov — Sat 2 Feb

This year, the New Wolsey Theatre goes back to where it all began, Cinderella – the Rock’n’Roll panto!

Sponsored by Ipswich Building Society

It’s time to Shake a Tail Feather and head Downtown to Ipswich Town Hall to meet the Mayor, Baron Hardup! It’s not easy being Mayor, with Prince Charming due in town for a Royal visit and a staff of only two – his beautiful, feisty daughter, Cinderella and the loyal and loveable Buttons. But when his lonely hearts ad is answered by the mysterious Rubella De Zees, who brings along her two dangerous daughters Hernia and Verruca, it seems he’s far more than Three Steps to Heaven. Thankfully, there’s a Fairy Godmother to make sure Cinderella is ready to Rock Around The Clock!

Written by Peter Rowe, the classic rock’n’roll panto, with a hint of soul, is back with another multi-talented cast of actor-musicians. Rock, pop and soul classics include It's Raining Men, In the Midnight Hour, Try a Little Tenderness and more!

We're Gonna Make You Wanna Shout!

Please note, the one and only late night special is Friday 21 December at 9pm.

Cast & Creatives

Chris Vince — Prince Charming

Chris trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on the BA (Hons) Actor Musician course. Since leaving Mountview, Chris played Fletcher Mott in 'The Problem With Fletcher Mott - A New Musical Comedy' as part of Goldsmith's university's Mélange festival of New Writing at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden.

Credits whilst training include: Harold Wilson in 'Made in Dagenham' and Pat in Brendan Behan's 'The Hostage'.

Chris was a member of the New Wolsey Young Company and is ecstatic to be returning home for his professional debut.

Mark Newnham — Dandini

Mark trained as an Actor-Musician at Rose Bruford College.

Theatre: Credits include: Dave Davies in Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour); Cookie in Return to the Forbidden Planet (UK Tour); Young John Lennon in Lennon (Royal Court, Liverpool); Steve Marriott in All or Nothing (The Vaults, London); Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk, Les in Bouncers, Craze in A Passionate Woman (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch)Freddy in Up in the Attic (Floods of Ink); William Watson in Horrible Christmas (Birmingham Stage Company) ; Jamie in Last Five Years (Brighton Fringe) ; John Lennon/Hells Angel in Hot Stuff (Oldham Collesium); George in A Real Mans Guide to Sainthood (Milk Presents...); Mischief Maker/Composer in The Curators Daughter (Trailblaze Theatre) ; Jamal in Moon and Genie, Underwater Boy in Scrub a Dub (Half Moon Theatre) ; Sebastian, Trinculo and Boatswain in Tiny Tempest (Mini Mall Theatre Company) ;

Theatre while training: Leo Frank in Parade (Unicorn), Baron Tuzenbach in Three Sisters, Malcolm in Macbeth (Rose Theatre, RBC).

Other Work includes: BBC Radio 6 Music – Voiceover; Cinderella and the Beanstalk (Sleeping Trees, Theatre503) – Music and Lyrics

Lucy Wells — Fairy Funlove

Lucy trained on the Actor Musicianship course at Rose Bruford and has since gained the following theatre credits: Beauty and The Beast; The Sword in the Stone; Sinbad (New Wolsey Theatre), Roll Over Beethoven; Steel Magnolias (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), The Scarecrows Wedding (Scamp, Leicester Square Theatre). She has also appeared in BBC Radio 4 Drama ‘Now, Love’.

Steve Simmonds — Baron Hardup

Steve Simmonds trained at the Rose Bruford College

His extensive Theatre credits include; Cortina Man, Made In Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch/New Wolsey Ipswich), Bosun in Return To The Forbidden Planet 25th Anniversary Tour (Forbidden Planet Musicals, directed by Bob Carlton), Steve Currie/Captain Sensible in 20th CENTURY BOY (UK No. 1 Tour),  The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Jonathan Church), From A Jack To A King (Far East Tour for British Theatre Playhouse), Norman Petty in The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Musical Productions/No. 1 Tour), Lend Me A Tenor, Gun Metal Blues, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Aladdin, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, Twelfth Night, The Servant Of Two Masters, A Slice Of Saturday Night, Jack And The Beanstalk, Gaslight, Bouncers and It’s A Fine Life (all for Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), Widow Twankey in Aladdin and Baron Hardup in Cinderella (Stafford Gatehouse), The Comedy Of Babi Babbett, Gentle Harry’s Farm, Ikarus Inc and Noah Babel’s Ark (Rude Mechanicals Theatre), Mack And Mable at the Criterion Theatre, West End (Adam Kenwright/Watermill Theatre), Pinafore Swing (Watermill Theatre/National Tour), The Sword In The Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Angie the Ox in Guys And Dolls, Aladdin, Sugar and Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood (all for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich).

His TV credits include Love Soup for the BBC and prior to training, he played Stitch in Oliver! directed by Sam Mendes at the London Palladium.

Daniella Piper — Cinderella

Training: at Performance Preparation Academy (2011-2014).

Theatre: Jenny/Kate in Gerie (Workshop), Mary in The Secret Garden (Barn Theatre), Donna & Police Officer in Electrolyte (Watermill Theatre), Amorette in Beauty and the Beast (Queens Theatre), Princess Pearl in Sinbad (Ipswich), Various Roles in Classified Revival (Hounslow Arts Centre), Sleeping Beauty in Sleeping Beauty (Gordon Craig Theatre), Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Ferneham Hall), Featured Soloist / Gossip Trio in The Legend of Notre Dame, Beth in Little Women, Danielle in The Fix Jennifer in The Witches of Eastwick, Wendy Jo in Footlose, , Molly Jenkins in Coram Boy, Witch in Macbeth, and Nadine in The Wild Party (all at PPA), Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (Polkadot Theatre).
Television: Sofia in Bounty Hunter (Tiger Aspect).
Other: Fiona-Jane & West End Friends (Battersea Barge), Hispanic Voiceover artist in Hitman 2, Teacher in Back to School (Online Commercial) and Isabella in Jetstream 3 (Corporate Film).

James Haggie — Buttons

Theatre credits include: Simon Zealots in the international tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the New Wolsey Theatre and the Birmingham Rep, Titch in Mods and Rox at the New Wolsey Theatre, Joe Vegas in the national tour of Fame, two national tours of The Roy Orbison Story playing Bobby Vee, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, August in Norway Today at London’s BAC Theatre, Scott in The Crazy 50s Italian Tour, Inland Revenue 2 in The Man, Finborough Theatre, Narrator in Animal Farm, Sampson/Balthasar in Romeo and Juliet, Francis Flute in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Le Beau/Silvius in As You Like it, Balthasar/Friar Francis/Watch in Much Ado About Nothing, Stafford Shakespeare. Emmo in Our House National Tour, Vernon Hopkins in The Tom Jones Story, Gryff in Eye of The Storm, Various in Synergy New Writing, The Captain in Thinking Out Loud, Biondello in The Taming of the Shrew, Lord Banks in The Spirit of the Mimosa, Billy Bungalow in Jack and the Beanstalk, Cecil in Yesterday, Buttons in Cinderella, Numbskull in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, Wishee Washee in Aladdin - the Wok ‘n’ Roll Panto and Simon Steadfast in Sleeping Beauty at Clwyd Theatr Cymru,

Screen and radio credits include: Marcus Weyman in Casualty, Rupert in You Want Me, Jessie’s friend in The Leading Man, Louis in Bugsy Malone, Hero Boy in Playstation’s Singstar commercial campaign, Factory Worker in X Public School Boy music video and Russian Gulag Prisoner in Muppets Most Wanted

James is thrilled to be back at the New Wolsey Theatre

Susannah van den Berg — Rubella

Susannah trained at Rose Bruford, earning a BA (Hons) in Actor Musicianship.

Theatre credits include: Oranges and Elephants (Hoxton Hall), Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre Kingston), Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act (UK and International Tour), Diana of Dobson's (New Victoria, Newcastle), I Love Paris (Orange Tree, Richmond), Can't Buy Me Love and A Man of No Importance (both for Salisbury Playhouse), Widow Corney in Oliver!, Martin Guerre and Spend Spend Spend (all for Watermill Theatre), Business as Usual (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Sweeney Todd (English National Opera), Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour), Mother Courage (Library Theatre, Manchester), Cinderella and Aladdin (both for City Varieties, Leeds), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Chess (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto), The Comedy of Errors (Stafford Shakespeare Festival), Guys and Dolls (New Wolsey Theatre), Animal Farm (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio (both for Theatre Royal, Margate), Man of La Mancha (Edinburgh Lyceum), Amadeus (Wilton's Music Hall), Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (UK Tour), Late Joys (Players’ Theatre London).

Sean Kingsley — Hernia

West End: Jean Valjean Les Miserables (Queens/Palace Theatres), George The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello), Braithwaite Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Tom Jenkins Scrooge (Dominion), Admetus and Munkustrap Cats (New London), Me and My Girl (Adelphi).

Other theatre includes: Ursus The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios/Bristol Old Vic); Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey); Annas Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park); Gyp Decarlo Jersey Boys (UK tour); Max  Jackie the Musical (Dundee Gardyne); Khashoggi We Will Rock You (10th anniversary world tour); Judas Jesus Christ Superstar (Minack); Eddie/Dr Scott The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); Frederick Trumper Chess, 20th Anniversary Concert (Oslo); Bill Austin Mama Mia (International Tour); The Man in Some Girls are Bigger than Others (Lyric Hammersmith, National Tour, Dublin); Mike Hot Pants (Oldham Coliseum); Cyrano de Bergerac Cold Moon Rising (Jermyn Street); Tom Jenkins Scrooge (National/European Tours); Mike Costa A Chorus Line (Derby Playhouse); Slap Hot Shoe Shuffle (National Tour); Gabey On the Town (National Tour); Joe Matchgirls (Bromley); A Month in the Country, The Rivals and Toad of Toad Hall (Liverpool Playhouse); Fiddler on the Roof (Liverpool Empire). Workshop From Here To Eternity.

Actor/Musician: Merlin in Sword In The Stone; Sarah the Cook Dick Whittington; Fleshcreep Jack & The Beanstalk, King Camelot Sleeping Beauty (Ipswich New Wolsey Rock Panto); Orin Little Shop Of Horrors (Birmingham Rep).

Film/TV: Alan London Road (Cuba Pictures), PC Harrison Poirot (LWT), Stuart Ambrose Wire in the Blood (Coastal); Colin Piper Merseybeat, (BBC); Gary Stephens The Bill, (Talkback).

Adam Langstaff — Verruca

Adam is delighted to be back for his fourth New Wolsey panto.

He trained at the Oxford School of Drama.

Work in the theatre includes: Oxy and The Morons (New Wolsey); Tommy (U.K. tour); Roll Over Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Jackie the Musical (U.K. tour); Beauty and the Beast, Sword in the Stone & Sinbad (New Wolsey); Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera); Hot Stuff (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); Our House (U.K. tour); Gawain and The Green Knight (The Yard); The Flying Dutchman (English National Opera); Miss Nightingale (U.K. tour); Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Exquisite Folly); Noah's Ark (Mervyn Peake Centenary Festival, Blue Elephant Theatre)

Film includes: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Baby Cow)

Sheridan Lloyd — A Royal Messenger

Training: The Brit School and Rose Bruford College

Theatre Credits include: Dreamboats and Petticoats (West End), Buddy Holly: Musical Director (Theatre Royal Windsor), Save The Last Dance For Me: Assistant MD (UK Tour), Dreamboats and Miniskirts: Assistant MD (UK Tour), Dreamboats And Petticoats: Musical Director (UK Tour),

The Wind In The Willows: Assistant MD (Germany Tour) and The Rudi Vaselino’s (Henley Festival)

Musician Credits include: Cats: Musical Director (Theatre Royal Windsor), Between Us (Jermyn Street Theatre), Jack and The Beanstalk (Cambridge Arts Theatre)

Sheridan produces musical arrangements on request. He is involved with a number of different bands playing from a wide range of music. He has also conducted the Christmas choir at Emmanuel Church in Croydon.

Peter Rowe — Director

Peter is the Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre.

After training at the Thorndike Theatre, Peter became the Artistic Director for the Southampton-based Solent People’s Theatre and then Artistic Director for the London Bubble Theatre Company, touring London in a big top tent. He has held two other Artistic Directorships, at the Gateway Theatre, Chester and the Liverpool Everyman while freelance work has included productions for regional theatres and touring companies up and down the country. He has directed Boyband and Return to the Forbidden Planet in the West End and on national tours, together with his own musical, Leader of the Pack.

As Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, his productions have included Sweeney Todd, Perfect Days, Double Indemnity, A Family Affair, A Mad World My Masters, Leader of the Pack, The Good Companions, Neville’s Island, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Sugar, The Price, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Vincent in Brixton, Blues in the Night, The Glass Menagerie, Laurel and Hardy, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval,  Chimps, a new musical adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Up on the Roof , Guys and Dolls, Bedroom Farce, Mods And Rox, And Then The Dark, the UK National Tour of the Madness musical Our House, Miss Nightingale, a major revival of The Threepenny Opera, with co-director Jenny Sealey, Midsummer Songs, Feed The Beast, a new play by Steve Thompson, Sweet Charity, the Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years and a touring production of Graham Linehan’s adaptation of The Ladykillers. Earlier this year he wrote and directed Our Blue Heaven, a play with music, celebrating Ipswich Town’s FA Cup victory forty years ago.

He has written ten record-breaking Christmas shows which are currently being produced annually at the New Wolsey Theatre, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, and Leeds City Varieties. He wrote a musical about Ellie Greenwich, the writer of the great girl group songs of the sixties - Leader of the Pack – which has played at the New Wolsey and on two national tours. He has also written the books for Songs From a Hotel Bedroom, a setting of Kurt Weill songs produced at Watford Palace Theatre and the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, and 20th Century Boy, a musical inspired by the life of Marc Bolan, which has played at the New Wolsey, The Belgrade, Coventry and on a major national tour. His original play Midsummer Songs, with music by Ben Goddard, premiered at the New Wolsey Theatre in 2014.

Debbie O'Brien — Casting Director

Debbie’s West End /UK Tours include American Idiot; Thriller Live; Dirty Dancing; Knights of the Rose; 20th Century Boy; The Knowledge; Close to You; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Sinatra; Our House; Starlight Express; Mum’s the Word; Jackie; I Was a Rat; Grease; The Snowman, Flashdance; The King and I; Showboat; Dancing in the Streets; The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas; Daisy Pulls It Off; The Harder They Come; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Saturday Night Fever; Fame; Peter Pan; The Pirates of Penzance; Smokey Joe's Café; The Rocky Horror Show; Doctor In the House; Mahabharata; Anything Goes; What a Feeling; A Chorus Line; A Tribute to the Blues Brothers

 Children’s casting includes Avalanche; Kinky Boots; The Bodyguard; Caroline or Change; Annie; Show Boat; Medea; The Sound of Music


Regional and international productions include Hugh Jackman The Show; Starlight Express; Once; We’ll Live and Die In These Towns; The Noise Boys; Million Dollar Quartet, Havana, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Priscilla QOTD and The Choir of Man (all for NCL); Room, Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin; Oxy and the Morons; The Last Five Years; Five Guys Named Moe; The BFG; Midsummer Songs; Noises Off; And Then the Dark; Propaganda Swing; Hairspray; It’s a Wonderful Life; Little Shop of Horrors; Laurel and Hardy; Blues in the Night; South Pacific; My Fair Lady; Me and My Girl; Guys and Dolls; Crazy For You; Oklahoma!; Amadeus; Romeo and Juliet; The Comedy of Errors; Merry Wives of Windsor; Twelfth Night; Only You Can Save Mankind

 Recorded media includes Waybuloo; Grandpa In My Pocket; What’s Your News; Planet Cook.

Ben Goddard — Musical Director

Ben has musically directed countless rock ‘n’ roll shows in the UK and around the world. For the last 15 years, Ben has been working as MD for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, on productions including Mods and Rox, Little Shop of Horrors, Made In Dagenham, Oxy and The Morons and 14 rock ‘n’ roll pantos including Red Riding Hood.

 Composer credits: Midsummer Songs (NWT); a musical version of The Two Gentleman of Verona (Seoul); an original score for Macbeth (Barbados) and endless music for corporations worldwide. He has previously musically supervised the shows Jackie – the Musical and That’s Alright Mama (number one tours) and arranged music for the national tour of Tom: a Story of Tom Jones. He is also the musical director at EastEnders for the BBC.

 Acting credits: Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (the US national tour of the Broadway production, a part which he created for the West End production); Sunset Boulevard, Martin Guerre, Jesus Christ Superstar, Beautiful Game, The Mousetrap, Two Cities, Murderous Instincts, Old Big ‘Ead in the Spirit of The Man, The Good Intent and The Glass Menagerie (both at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Over my Shoulder, Romeo and Juliet, Oh What a Lovely War, As You Like It, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Good Companions, Cinderella and Kiss The Sky.

 Television and Film credits: Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Lt Walton in The Somme: From Defeat to Victory (BBC); Crispin Yates in Trial & Retribution (BBC); Neville in London Bridge (Carlton Television); Guy in Bugs (BBC) and Demon in Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black.

Barney George — Set & Costume Designer

Richard G Jones — Lighting Designer

Richard is delighted to be back to work on Cinderella having previously lit Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, Bedroom Farce  and Flower Girls at The New Wolsey Theatre.

Richard lit the actor musician Broadway Production of Sweeney Todd at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, for which he was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award and won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. He was also nominated for a TMA Theatre Award for best lighting design for The Railway Children at the National Railway Museum and a DORA for the Toronto production.

Richard’s West End work includes actor musician productions of Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, The Gondoliers and Mack and Mabel, Carmen also productions of When Pigs Fly, Steptoe and Son, Horrid Henry Live and Horrid, Female Parts as well as The Railway Children at the old Eurostar Terminal Waterloo. UK National tours include Beautiful Thing, Wuthering Heights, Rasputin, Candide, The Hot Mikado, Canterbury Tales, Spongebob Squarepants the Sponge that could Fly, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Richard has recently lit the actor musician Fiddler on the Roof UK National Tour for Music and Lyrics, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) {revised} for The Reduced Shakespeare Company at The Leicester Square Theatre London now on UK National Tour, Legend of King Arthur for York Theatre Royal, Good People for English Theatre Frankfurt , Lisa Riley Strictly Confidential UK Tour for Phil McIntyre Productions and Stage Entertainment . He is currently working on designs for Aladdin for York Theatre Royal, Strictly Come Dancing Arena Tour 2014 for Phil McIntyre Productions and Stage Entertainment as well as Celebrating Christmas with the Salvation Army 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Simon Deacon — Sound Designer

Simon gained a degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and since then has worked extensively in the entertainments industry specialising in sound and lighting. He was Sound Designer on the New Wolsey’s premiere of Marc Bolan’s story 20th Century Boy, Jack and the Beanstalk, AladdinBeauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Blues In The Night, Little Shop of Horrors and Bedroom Farce and on the New Wolsey/Graeae co-production Flower Girls. Most recently he has worked on the UK National Tour of the Madness musical Our House (A New Wolsey Theatre production), Mods and Rox (another world premiere at the New Wolsey Theatre), and Miss Nightingale which started at the New Wolsey and is in association with The Lowry, Salford Quays. Simon has been part of the sound team at the New Wolsey on other production including Company, Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, The Good Companions, Private Lives andTravels with my Aunt. He designed sound for musical versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s outdoor Shakespeare Festival), was Sound Designer for Mother Goose and Sound Designer for Dick Whittington (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre).

Recently he was also sound designer on The Nottingham Playhouse/UK Arts Tour of the reggae Musical, The Harder They Come.

He was also both Sound Designer and Operator for Talawa’s Anansi and the Magic Mirror which premiered at the Hackney Empire in 2009 and for Shadowball (Hackney Music Development Trust), and Sound Designer on Tiata Fahodzi’s The Estate when it premiered at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Darragh O'Leary — Choreographer

Reviews of Cinderella

What the press say

"Exuberant and enjoyable"

The Stage

"A terrific ensemble, and the production sounds so good"

British Theatre

“Plenty of sparkle and a songbook of bona fide hits”

East Anglian Daily Times

What the public say

Came with family of five, what a show, one grandchild had been with school age 12, very happy seeing it again, already saying must go for next rock and roll panto, simply one of the best. Still smiling at 5 hrs later. Well done to all involved. Great cast fantastic amount of energy. Thank you one and all

Janet Bunn

Saw the show 26th January evening as always amazing , really good fun , our 7th now !! In the memory of my brother who passed five years ago to leaukemia we come because it’s our happy day for him ( Jamie’s gang ) buttons my fav at the moment

Carol macvicar

Absolutely brilliant, what a cast they were amazing. Coming again next Wednesday with my grandchildren. I just can’t wait .Thank you

Sandra Garnham

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