You can have a ball at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre when pantomime season arrives at the venue next month.
This year’s sparkling pantomime Cinderella is to star the stunning Suzanne Shaw as Fairy Godmother, and returning due to popular demand having won the hearts of the Vale two years ago, Russell Grant as Baron Hardup.
Russell and Suzanne are joined by Aylesbury’s very own Andy Collins as Buttons, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Andrew Derbyshire as Prince Charming and singer/songwriter Holly Brewer in the title role of Cinderella.
Suzanne Shaw got her break in 2001 when the ITV show Popstars launched a competition for contestants to become part of a newly formed pop band.
Suzanne became one of the members of Hear’Say and their debut single Pure and Simple was the fastest selling non-charitable record ever in the UK, selling 1.3 million copies.
In 2008 Suzanne was crowned Dancing On Ice champion in TV’s prime-time ITV1 show and hit our screens again last year in the Champion of Champions series.
Suzanne’s appeared in the popular ITV1 soap Emmerdale and can currently be seen as a regular contributor on ITV1’s This Morning.
Suzanne is no stranger to the stage and as well as having many pantomime credits to her name she has also appeared in Chicago as Roxie in the West End as well as playing the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Fresh out of the kitchen of this year’s 2014 Celebrity Masterchef, Russell Grant’s prolific career started at the tender age of 10. Russell’s dream came true when given the opportunity to learn how to dance on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing (2011), partnered with world champion Latin dancer, Flavia Cacace.
Russell was asked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to star at the London Palladium in The Wizard of Oz, and returned to the West End as special guest star in Midnight Tango at the Phoenix Theatre reuniting with Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone in 2013.
He has since launched ‘Zalza’ with Flavia, a new dance-fitness DVD and can often be seen on This Morning.
For Russell, returning to Aylesbury “is like Christmas has come early!” He said: “I had such a fabulous time in Peter Pan two years ago that when I was offered the chance to return I jumped at it.
“The town’s great, the theatre is gorgeous and the audiences were in a league of their own, a real blast to play to. I can’t wait!”
With glittering costumes, bags of audience participation and real-life ponies, this sparkling rags to riches story sees Cinders transformed from a maid to the belle of the ball.
The clock is ticking as the show runs from December 12 to January 4.
Make sure you book your ticket for the ball this Christmas via the box office on 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury (bkg fee).