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The Show Must Go on at St Helens Theatre Royal

Theatre Manager Steps in as Ugly Siser at St Helens Theatre Royal!


Theatre Manager, Chantelle Nolan is only too familiar with the phrase ‘The show must go on!’, But she wasn’t expecting today to step into the outrageous wigs, make-up and costumes of one of her own Panto Ugly Sisters.


Actress Charlie Griffiths who plays one half of the Ugly Sister duo in Cinderella at St Helens Theatre Royal, along with comedian Crissy Rock, came down with a bad virus during the Boxing Day performance.  She was so ill she was unable to do the curtain call or do todays scheduled 3 performances for Sunday 27th December, this left the cast and theatre in a panto quandary.


Theatre Manager Chantelle Nolan said “There was no choice, I had to go on myself, I also directed and produced the Panto so there was simply nobody else who knew the role, who could do it, or stand in at such short notice. It has been a very long time since I have tread the boards and I certainly didn’t think I would return with such short notice. But one down and two to go and I am having lots of fun, however Charlie Griffiths is fantastic in the role and I truly do wish her a very, very speedy recovery.”


Regal Entertainments version of the spellbinding tale of Cinderella has been running from Friday 4 December 2015 and still has another two weeks run closing on Sunday 10 January 2016.


As well as Charlie Griffiths and Crissy Rock, the show also stars a well-known TV Soap star baddie. Marc Baylis swaps the cobbles of Coronation Street to headline at this year’s Theatre Royal Panto.  Not content with wreaking havoc in Corrie, actor Marc is causing mayhem as the dastardly Dandini – with plenty of boo and hiss!


Excited to be coming to St Helens, Marc Baylis said: “I’m am literally having an absolute ball at St Helens Theatre Royal and love spending Christmas entertaining audiences of St Helens. Cinderella is a great show with a great cast, so bring the whole family and join in the festivities.”

Laura Gregory returns as Cinderella alongside the dashing Jack Rigby as her Prince Charming. Meanwhile, St Helens’ resident dame, Simon Foster returns to the stage, this time as the Fairy Godmother bringing lashings of magic and sparkle to the proceedings. The delightful Ben Engelen plays Buttons and Benedict Relton completes the line-up as Baron Hardup.

Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a life of servitude by her two ugly step-sisters, but that is all set to change when an invitation to a grand ball at the palace arrives. With a bit of magic and some help from her friend Buttons, Cinderella is transformed in to the belle of the ball. But what will happen at the stroke of midnight?

With real Shetland ponies, enchanted pumpkins and a sparkling fairy-tale carriage and filled with festive fun to entertain the whole family, Cinderella promises to be the most lavish panto in all the land.

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