We're so excited to announce our brilliant panto cast for Cinderella!
Name: Elle MacAllen
Trained at: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Credits include: Gretel in Gretel: A New Musical (The Other Palace- London); Performer in SIGNAL 2, (The Hospital Club); Soloist in SIGNAL, (The Hospital Club)
Elle is delighted to be getting back to fairytales and is very excited to be making her pantomime debut in Grantham this year.
Name: Ash Stevenson
Trained at: University of Central Lancashire
Credits include: Jason Orange in the UK Tour of ‘Rule the World – A celebration of 25 years of Take That’; Prince Charming in the Christmas pantomime - Beauty and the Beast, Prince Luis in the Easter pantomime – The Little Mermaid
Ash has also recently filmed for the upcoming movie ‘Everyone’s Talking about Jamie’ and Sky Atlantic Series ‘Tinstar’.
Name: Alexander Hopwood
Trained at: Drama Studio London
Credits include: Perry in Boy with the Golden Hair (Offbeat Festival/Bayyani Theatre); James in Singles Night (Old Fire Station Theatre); Lionel Frush in THARK (Drayton Arms Theatre); Branwell Brontë in Brontë (New Diorama Theatre)
Film includes: Evil Dentistry Student in College Sorting Hat (UNiDAYS)
Name: Lydia Shaw
Trained at: London School of Musical Theatre & Royal Holloway University.
Credits include: Gloria in Noel Coward’s Me & the Girls (UK Tour); Ensemble in Camelot (London Palladium); Joy/Martha in Ferguson’s Gang (Yvonne Arnaud); Ensemble in Mack and Mabel (Hackney Empire); White Witch in Narnia (Brentwood)
Lydia is delighted to be making her pantomime debut in Cinderella!
Name: Richard Kort
Character: Barron Hardup
Trained at: Guildford School of Acting
Credits include: Gad / Understudy Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), George a’Green in Robin Prince of Sherwood (Piccadilly Theatre)
Additional information.... Richard now runs his own theatrical agency and theatre school but is thrilled to be returning to the stage in this production of Cinderella after a great season with Dick Whittington last year
Name: James Highton
Character: Ugly Sister
Pantomime Credits: Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington, and Ugly Sister in Cinderella.
Credits include: Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Arthur Kipps in Half a Sixpence, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Augustin Magaldi in Evita, Tony in West Side Story, and Franz in Rock of Ages.
James is incredibly excited to be making his debut with Polka Dot Pantomimes and is looking forward to playing to the wonderful people of Grantham this year in Cinderella.
Name: John Highton
Character: Ugly Sister
Pantomime Credits: Abanazer and Widow Twankey in Aladdin, Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk, Dame Dolly Doughnut in Beauty and the Beast, Nurse Nelly in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mrs. Smee in Peter Pan and Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington.
Credits include: Farmer Jones in Animal Farm (Derby Playhouse); George Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Robert Ludlum Theatre); Al Jolson in California here I come (UK tour), Baron Silas Greenback & Colonel K in Dangermouse Saves the World (UK tour).
John has also appeared in commercials, and is a video game motion capture and voice over artist appearing in titles including Casino Royale and Harry Potter. Last year John played Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington here at the Guildhall and is thrilled to be returning to play Ugly Sister.
Name: Daniel Lightowler
Trained at: Liverpool Theatre School
Performances Include: HMS Pinafore (Buxton Opera House), The Gondoliers (Buxton Opera House), Disneyland Paris, Sani Resorts (Greece), Ikos Resorts (Greece), Crystal Cruises.
Daniel is extremely excited to be making his pantomime debut in the role of Buttons. He is also excited that he gets to perform so close to his home in Lincoln meaning his family can finally come and see what he does – he would like to thank his parents for always telling him to find something he loves and follow his dreams.