Burnley Panto Society put on ‘Cinderella’

Some of the cast of "Cinderella" by Burnley Panto Society.
Some of the cast of "Cinderella" by Burnley Panto Society.

What better way to round off the festive season than with a visit to the panto.

And Burnley Pantomime Society have a cracker of a show for us this New Year.

Lots of fun, a moving love story, tears, song and dance, corny jokes. Throw in a Prince Charming and a glass slipper and we have the wonderful story of “Cinderella”.

The Society are bringing the panto to Burnley Mechanics Theatre from January 10th-12th and from the 16th-19th with matinee and evening performances so that all the family can attend.

Directors Neil Tranmer and Angela Foulds are promising us a traditional panto with all the laughs and lots of magical moments for all ages to enjoy.

The Lynn McCheyne Dancers will add their extra special touch and Jonathan Chalker is the musical director.

Louise Young takes the lead role of Cinderella or Cinders, who is cruelly treated at the hands of her wicked stepmother and two ugly sisters - played for laughs by Kevin Kay and Jonathan Pye. Kath Watkins, who is no stranger to panto, brings all her experience to bear as the wicked stepmum. Her husband, the kindly baron, is played by Dave Pilkington.

But young Cinders does get to go to the ball and meet her Prince Charming – who is played by Gary Leonard.

Buttons is played by Sam Parker and Wayne Brankin is Dandini.

Evening performances start at 7pm, the Saturday matinee at 2pm and Sunday matinees on the 12th and 19th are at noon and 4pm.

Tickets are £10 and £8 for children and senior citizens, with reserved seating and there is a special discount for the first Saturday of £8 adults and £6 children.

Panto Society chairman Hazel Hodder said the cast have been working hard since September to put the show together and hope local people will support them as it is a real festive heart-warmer.

The last time Burnley Panto Society presented “Cinderella” they won the title of best panto in the North-West in the NODA Awards.

Tickets for “Cinderella” can be bought at the Mechanics box office on 01282 664400 or during the holiday period on 01282 425181 or online at www.burnleymechanics.co.uk