CBBC star tops the bill in Hartlepool Christmas panto

Published Wednesday, 10th November 2021

CBBC’s Joe Tasker will head a sparkling cast when the enchanting family pantomime Cinderella comes to Hartlepool’s Borough Hall this Christmas.

Before joining CBBC and Saturday Morning Mash-up as a presenter, Joe – who plays Prince C in the classic fairy tale - was already a popular viral star having millions of hits on YouTube for his comedy sketches and pranks.

Joe is joined by award-winning stand-up comedian Jack Gleadow as Buttons. Jack has toured the country with his comedy antics including performances at some of the UK's top comedy clubs and festivals such as Latitude, Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading.

Starring as Dandini is Aled Davies, who has appeared in the West End and UK Touring Hit ‘Choir of Man’ .

Hartlepool favourite Stephanie Aird joins the cast as the Wicked Stepmother. Steph is a viral internet sensation with over 565k followers on Facebook and has appeared on shows such as BBC2’s ‘Take a Hike’ and ITVs ‘Judge Rinder’. Steph returns after her panto debut last summer as the magic mirror in Snow White.

The cast of Cinderella

Steph is joined by dance crew Ruff Diamond, who danced their way to success on Sky Ones ‘Got to Dance’ and are currently ranked 7th in the world after performing in the World Championships.

And in his tenth spectacular year, Gary Martin Davis returns as a ‘Dame’, playing one half of the Ugly Sisters! This battle-axe is ready to rumble - watch out men - Botoxia is on the hunt!

Gary is joined by Hannah Woodward as Cinderella, Bethan Searle as the Fairy Godmother and Scott Ayling as Fillermina.

Susan French, Performance Venues Manager at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Our summer panto was a huge success and received excellent reviews from families and so we’re really excited about our Christmas panto Cinderella, which is set to be even bigger and better.”

Jacqueline Turnbull, the show’s producer, said: “After the triumphant success of last summer's productions of Snow White and also our adult pantomime Dick Whittington, we’re thrilled to bring back the magic of a family pantomime this festive season with the most magical fairy tale of them all - Cinderella.”

Cinderella runs at Hartlepool Borough Hall from Monday 13th to Friday 24th December. Don’t miss out – book your tickets now at www.hartlepoolboroughhall.com