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Cinderella Cinderella & Prince Ugly Sister The Baroness Bashit & Wrekit Buttons Dandini Ugly Sister2 Fairy The cast

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Price: From only £8
Venue: Theatre
Running Time: Two and a half hours

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Once upon a Time the most magical pantomime of them all came to The Customs House......

The midnight clock is counting down the hours before the curtain goes up on the biggest pantomime in South Tyneside, Cinderella.

This magical production, written and directed by Ray Spencer, will have you laughing in the aisles and is a perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

This classic story tells the tale of Cinderella, her bossy ugly step sisters, an evil wicked stepmother and a handsome Prince Charming. Will Cinders get to the ball in time? Can the Fairy Godmother turn a pumpkin into a magical coach? Will Buttons save the day?

With hit songs, laugh-out-loud routines, lavish costumes, lots of audience participation and tickets from only £8, Cinderella is the one panto you have to see this Christmas.

Reviews for Cinderella

"This year’s affair sees a polished performance on a par with London’s West End" "For almost two and half hours the laughs and dramatics keep the audience gripped" - Noreen Coltman, The Journal

***** - The Journal.

"Visually sumptuous"  "Handsome and dashing, with a great singing voice, Prince Charming is everything he should be" - Peter Latham, The British Theatre Guide.

"Birkett was delightfully wicked"  "Cinderella is guaranteed to get even the biggest Scrooges into the Christmas spirit" - Vicki Newman, Shields Gazette.

Cast Biographies

Natasha Magee- Cinderella

Natasha began performing from the tender age of three. Natasha was a quarter finalist in the search for a country singer on popular Irish Television show 'Glor Tire', and made it to the final seven in her region in the BBC Dance Factory.
Natasha has a degree in Performance for Live and Recorded Media from Teeside University, and won the coveted Richard Griffiths award for Outstanding Student Performance.
Most recently Natasha played the role of Baroness Schraeder in 'The Sound of Music' at Darlington's Civic Theatre and is still a regular on BBC Radio Ulster singing on their outside broadcasts.
Natasha is delighted to be joining the Custom House team to play Cinderella in her professional debut and first pantomime. @NatashaMagee92

Steven Lee Hamilton- Prince Charming

Steven trained at the Arts Educational School of London, graduating with Honours in Professional Musical Theatre. Whilst training credits include: A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar,State Fair, Tommy, Me & Juliet and The Mikado. Since graduating, Steven has appeared in Good Thing Going - Simply Sondheim (With Maria Friedman & Daniel Evans), Barbara Cook and Friends at The London Coliseum, The 100th Year Celebration of the Territorial Army for HRH The Prince of Wales, Luke & cover Benjamin/Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK No 1 Tour),The Twelve Tenors(International Tour), Broadway - The Star Spangled Celebration (USA), Don’t Stop Believing’ - The Music Of Glee (USA) and The Spirit of Christmas (US Tour). Steven is a member of the musical group Encore and also runs The Customs Glee Academy with Hazel Pude. Prior to training Steven performed in 2 seasons of Pantomime at The Customs House and returned in 2011 to play Aladdin, and again in 2012 as Dick Whittington.
TV work includes; Morrisons, Benfield Motors and most recently Inspector George Gently.
He is thrilled to be playing Prince Charming and hopes you have a magical time at the ball! @StevenLee2011

Jamie Birkett- The Baroness

Jamie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Jamie has most recently finished playing the leading role of Jubilee Climax in the West End revival of Cult musical 'Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens' at London's Leicester Square Theatre. She was also fortunate to share the stage with some of the West Ends finest leading ladies in 'Sondheim Women' at St James Theatre, in which she was a headliner.
Prior to this Jamie received rave reviews as Martha in 'Cross Purpose' At Londons Kings Head Theatre, in which she was nominated for 'Best Actress in a play' in the Off West End awards.
She also played the role of Joanne to high acclaim in the London Revival of 'Rent' at Greenwich Theatre.
Other recent credits include:
Principle singer on the European tour of 'Musical Starnights'
Serena Katz in 'Fame',Monte Carlo's Grimaldi Forum.
Princess Jasmine in 'Aladdin', Sands Centre Carlisle, 'May-queen' in Merrie England, Finborough, Dance Captain in 'Ragtime' Landor, Lil in 'The Hired Man' Landor, Aladdin in 'Aladdin' The Maltings Theatre, NewsRevue, Canal Cafe, 'The Boyfriend',Her Majesty's, Gracie in '1916 the Musical' (concept cast recording) and Babs Barlow in 'Once upon a time at the Adelphi', Union theatre Further credits include: Sondheims 80th, Royal Albert Hall, workshopping the lead role of Lufu in 'Defect' (Perfect Pitch), and Nancy in 'Oliver!' Newcastle Theatre Royal All 7 Male roles in 'Two', Ed fringe Tv credits include: Wire in the blood and Rocketman (ITV) Jamie also reached the final 18 in the BBC's 'I'd Do Anything'
Jamie most recently joined 50 West end stars to record a charity Christmas single with the proceeds being split equally between Great Ormond Street Hospital, CRY UK and The Band Aid Charitable Trust. The single will be released in December 2013. Further details can be found on from 1st December.
Jamie would like to dedicate this performance to Newcastle Musical Theatre Company, who encouraged her to follow her dreams, this ones for you guys x @jkmbirkett

Craig Richardson- Diorria

Craig started acting with the Junior Westovian's aged twelve and since then has performed consistently with local societies in the area. Craig is probably best known for his annual panto performances alongside his comedy partner Stephen Sullivan. Craig regularly performs with 'Ion productions' staring in seven of their productions including the role of 'Lord Fancourt Babberly' in 'Charlie's Aunt' and 'Dracula Die Laughing' by local writer 'Ed Waugh'. Last Christmas Craig starred in 'Made 4 stage's' production 'Santa's Naughty Elf' and this September he played 'Jack's' in their production of 'The Big Time'.
Craig is delighted to be back in the Customs House Pantomime having previously played 'Cammy' in 'Puss in Boots'. He would like to wish the rest of the cast the best of luck and thank you the audience for your wonderful support. @CraigDavidRich

Stephen Sullivan- Constipationi

Stephen Sullivan was last seen on the Customs House stage in Ion Productions 'Charley's Aunt' playing Jack Chesney. Stephen is no stranger to pantomime having played Dame several times in the annual Westovian pantomime where he was paired with his fellow Ugly Sister Craig Richardson, playing Mother to Craig's knockabout! Stephen has enjoyed a wide variety of roles including Pike in 'Dad's Army' and the lead in 'A Passionate Woman'. Whilst Stephen loves the challenge of a diverse array of roles, pantomime is his one true passion! When Stephen isn't on stage he can be found DJing in local bars Trocaderos and Bar 44. @Stevey_Casanova

Charlie Younger

Training: Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
Charlie first studied Performing Arts at the University of Sunderland where she gained a Bachelor of Arts First Class Honours degree and was awarded the Professor Danby Prize in Music Theatre. After securing support from the Sammy Johnson Memorial Fund she moved to London to train at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech & Drama where she gained a Masters Degree in Music Theatre. During this time she was cast as the lead role in the UK premiere of two new musicals at The Sage Gateshead (Kitty in The Screams of Kitty Genovese) and The Embassy Theatre in London (Sigrún in, Sigrún’s Fire). Since then she has enjoyed working with children as a choreographer, director and vocal coach developing their musical theatre skills. Charlie has continued to perform herself, in numerous events such as the Durham Streets Summer Festival where she sang alongside The Futureheads. She is extremely proud of her ongoing invitation to perform with the Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Royal Signals (Northern) Band for ABF, The Soldiers Charity at The Sage Gateshead, amongst other venues.
Theatre includes: Belladonna in Sleeping Beauty (North East Tour), Soloist in An Evening with Graeme Danby (The Customs House, South Shields), Cinderella in Cinderella Devised (The Embassy Theatre), Carmen in FAME, and Oliver in Oliver! @CharlieYounger

Luke Maddison- Buttons

Luke completed his advanced national diploma in performing arts at Newcastle College, receiving highest grades of triple distinction*.
In the Sedgefield One Act Plays drama festival 2012 Luke won the award for best actor under 21. He then starred alongside his favourite band "The Lake Poets" in the video for their song "Rain", followed by a tour of the UK and Jersey in "Rumplestiltskin."
This is Luke’s second year in a customs house panto after playing Seaman Weigh last year in Dick Whittington and he is honoured to be back playing his favourite panto role of all time Buttons.
"This is a huge opportunity for me and I really can’t wait to get started and give it all I’ve got! Hope you enjoy the show everyone" :)

Louise Elliott- Fairy Dust

Louise completed her education at Northumbria University in Performance (2009), she then furthered her training with InterACT; The Northern Region’s Theatre Training Ensemble which was run by Northumberland Theatre Company. The majority of her professional theatre experience has been in touring theatre; most memorably in 2011 when she toured Red Riding Hood for three months with Art for All in Dubai and across the UAE. Louise is delighted to be back in the North East a real ‘home from home!’ Performing at The Customs House Pantomime is a real privilege and she intends to enjoy every moment of the Pantosphere! @LouiseElliott26

Paul Dunn- Bashit

Paul's work has taken him to venues and theatres across the country, including the Novello, the Rosehill, the Wimbledon theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as here at The Customs House, in a wide variety of productions.
His most recent work as an actor includes Dracula in Ed Waugh's Dracula: Die Laughing; Jesus in Dark Side Of The Half Moon (ION Productions); Jerry in Big Time (Made4Stage Productions); and The Tramp in I {Heart} ST (Customs House).
Paul also works as a writer and director, and runs his own company, Cranked Anvil, based in South Shields.
He has appeared in many pantos over the years, playing the dame, baddie, and juve lead, and is delighted to be back in pantoland once again. @ThePaulDunn

Will Graham- Wreckit

Will Graham is 24 and currently lives in Chester-le-street. This is his first Panto run and he can’t wait to get started!
He has recently accepted a six month tour of Spain and Portugal flying out to Barcelona the day after Panto. Will has spent the last two years touring up and down the country working in schools delivering educational performances to all age groups.
He made his TV debut in 2012 playing 'Dale' in Tracey Beaker returns. @willgraham101


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