News: First look at Peter Duncan filming his new panto ‘Cinderella’

Last year, with hundreds of pantomimes cancelled and theatres across the country closed, ‘Blue Peter’ legend Peter Duncan filmed an interactive version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ in his own giant back garden – starring as Dame Trott as well as co-directing

Intended to be streamed by families at home over Christmas, it was snapped up by two major UK cinemas chains and even had a glittering VIP premiere.

‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ was such a global success that Peter is back behind the cameras and co-directing ‘Cinderella’ for streaming and cinema release – and he’s in drag again, playing one of the Ugly Sisters.

In 2020, with our great tradition of the family pantomime cancelled in many towns and cities across the land, riding to the rescue to make sure that panto-loving audiences didn’t miss out was ‘Blue Peter’ legend Peter Duncan with his biggest and best “Here’s One I Made Earlier” challenge!

Peter, a critically acclaimed Panto Dame, writer and director, decided to use his own ‘giant’ back garden to film ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ – a socially distanced pantomime complete with ingenious sets, fabulous costumes… and even a real beanstalk! It made international headlines – twice featuring on the cover of the New York Times.

Audiences across the world enjoyed this unconventional panto so much that Peter is back in 2021 with ‘Cinderella’, featuring an even bigger performance, even more boos, cheers, ‘he’s behind you’s, a sing-a-long song and all the classic panto antics that we love.

Principal photography is now underway at locations across London and Hampshire. Interactive ‘Cinderella’ will be making her debut  this Christmas both online and in UK cinemas.

Cast: Peter Duncan (Billie), Ian Talbot (Baron Hardup), Sam Ebenezer (Prince Charming), Sarah Moss  (Fairy Godmother), Lucy-Jane Qunlan (Cinderella), Henry Roadnight (Buttons), Adam Price (Ariana), Miguel Angel (Dandini), Nicola Blackman (Mistress of Ceremonies) 

Ensemble: Daisy English, Hannah Everest, Emily Galvin, Morgan Wilcox, Charlie Booker, George Littel, Ruaridh McDonaldBen Westhead.

Creative team: Executive Producer Writer/co-Director Peter Duncan, Director Ian Talbot, Producer/Production Manager/Casting Director  Denise Silvey, Musical Director Colin Cattle, Choreographer Miguel Angel, Set & Props Design Lyndon Harrison, Director of Photography Luke Roberts, Sound Max Marchment, Wardrobe Master/Costume Makes David 
Morgan, Production Co-ordinator Annie Francis, Publicist Kevin Wilson, Marketing Emma Martin.

Just like last year, the show will also be available to schools, Scouts & Guide groups, community groups and care homes at special rates.

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Photo credit: Gordon Render

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