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St Helens Theatre Royal’s spectacular Christmas pantomime Cinderella opens this week!


Coronation Street’s Kimberly Hart-Simpson plays Cinderella

Cast includes BGT stars Jamie Leahey and Jon Courtenay

Cinderella will run from 3 December 2022 to 8 January 2023

Coronation Street actor Kimberly Hart-Simpson is swapping the cobbles of soap land for title starring role in St Helens Christmas pantomime Cinderella, along with a stellar cast.

Cinderella will run at St Helens Theatre Royal from Saturday 3 December 2022 to Sunday 8 January 2023. Tickets are selling fast are priced from £18.

Best known for playing the role of Nicky Wheatley in the world’s longest running television soap opera, Kimberly is no stranger to St Helens. Before she got her big break in Corrie, talented seamstress Kimberly worked behind the scenes in the costume departments of the Theatre Royal and Epstein Theatre, creating costumes for shows produced by Regal Entertainments Ltd.

Kimberly is excited to be stepping into the bright lights of the stage to play the lead role in Cinderella, the hotly anticipated Christmas family pantomime at St Helens Theatre Royal – always a spectacular and glamorous production.

Kimberly explained: “I am absolutely thrilled to be in the cast of Cinderella at St Helens Theatre Royal this Christmas. I have such fond and happy memories working in wardrobe behind-the-scenes on costume and set with Regal Entertainments, that it’ll feel like a homecoming. I’m excited to see all those lovely, friendly faces again.

Kimberly leads the Cinderella cast alongside Britain’s Got Talent performers Jamie Leahey and puppet Chuck, and winner of BGT 2020, comedian and musician Jon Courtenay.

It’s a hometown show for teenager Jamie, who is from St Helens. Together with his side-kick pal Chuck, they wowed the judges and audience with their excellent ventriloquist act. In June, they made it to the BGT Grand Final finishing runner-up. Jamie and Chuck will appear as themselves as a speciality act.*

Jon Courtenay is cast as Prince Charming’s right-hand man Dandini. Jon was awarded the Golden Buzzer by Ant and Dec, going on to become the Judges’ Choice in the semi-finals before winning the entire contest – becoming the first Golden Buzzer act to take the BGT title. Jon won the TV show in 2020, he recently completed his first UK Tour, and is set to take his new solo play Against The Odds to the Edinburgh Fringe this Summer.

Other cast confirmed are St Helens favourite Lewis Devine as Buttons, Joe Sleight as Prince Charming, Rachael Wood as Fairy Godmother, and Kristopher Bosch and Richard Aucott as the Ugly Sisters.

Theatre Manager Chantelle Nolan added: “We are so excited to be opening our pantomime Cinderella this week, rehearsals are going brilliantly. This must be one of our strongest casts to date and one of our most exciting pantomimes, we can’t wait to get started and sales are already strong. Pantomime in St Helens is going from strength to strength and continues to be a really magical experience year on year for our loyal audience members and this year they are in for a treat.”

Cinderella promises audiences a magical Christmas panto complete with Fairy Godmother, glass slippers, enchanted pumpkin, ugly sisters, and a fantastic fairytale finale. The production also features real Shetland ponies on stage.

St Helens Theatre Royal pantomimes are a highlight in the theatre’s calendar, and a real festive highlight – and the sparkling production of Cinderella will be no exception.

Theatregoers can expect high production values, stunning and colourful costumes, breathtaking sets, and a fantastic range of chart hits to sing and dance along to – the recipe for a perfect panto.

*Please note – due to Jamie’s age and licensing laws, he will appear in a limited number of performances. Visit website for full details.

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St Helens Theatre Royal

Date: Saturday 3 December 2022 – Sunday 8 January 2023
Time: Various times
Tickets: From £18*

*All prices are inclusive of a £1 per seat booking fee. Online bookings are subject to an additional 50p per seat online processing fee.



Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside

WA10 1LQ

Book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Telephone ticket booking line 01744 756000, lines open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Book online at www.sthelenstheatreroyal.com

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