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Virtual Cinderella panto on BBC

December 3, 2020

By Nik Roseveare

This Christmas the curtain will be raised on a special, virtual version of Cinderella, as a host of famous faces gather for Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime For Christmas, on BBC Two and iPlayer.

Written by the Dawson Brothers, based on an original script by Ben Crocker, the show will be a retelling of the panto classic, with a star-studded cast assembling online and giving viewers at home a virtual version of the fairytale.

The cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Anya Taylor-Joy, Daisy May, Charlie Cooper and many more as well as support from legendary artist Quentin Blake, who has created a host of original hand-drawn illustrations, helping bring the panto to life.

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, said: “This is a unique surprise at the end of a year when we all need cheering up. Thank you so much to Richard Curtis and the team at Comic Relief for assembling such a stellar cast to deliver us a pantomime to remember.”

Curtis who serves as executive producer on the project, added: “We’re hugely grateful to BBC Two and the amazing cast for allowing us to do our first ever pantomime. It’ll be very funny and merry – and also a great seasonal opportunity to raise crucial funds for the projects that will help the most vulnerable people, at home and abroad – especially now when Covid has made things harder than ever for many.”

The panto will be broadcast on BBC Two on Christmas Eve and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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