Join Cinderella and the characters you know and love this Christmas in this delightful pantomime. With an amazing cast this panto is sure to make a fantastic school trip.
Craig Revel Horwood – Wicked Stepmother
Craig Revel Horwood is a household name having appeared as a Judge on all 20 series of the hit BBC1 entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing. He also both directs and appears in the annual Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour, created the touring show Strictly Confidential and was
Head Judge on Dancing with the Stars Australia and New Zealand.
Craig started his career as a performer in musical theatre in his home country of Australia, moving to London to appear in many West End musicals including Miss Saigon and Crazy for You. After many years, he returned to the West End starring as Miss Hannigan in Annie, which he also successfully toured around the UK twice. He has starred in pantomime every year for Crossroads, with roles including the Wicked Queen in Snow White, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, and the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella.
Craig’s work as a director/choreographer has included productions of The Witches of Eastwick and Copacabana at the Watermill Theatre Newbury, Fiddler on the Roof on a national tour, Chess on tour in the UK and in Toronto, The Hot Mikado on national tour, and in the West End Sunset Boulevard, My One and Only and Spend Spend Spend, being nominated for the last two shows for an Olivier Award for Best Choreography. Craig has also choreographed several musicals and operas in Europe, and choreographed Paradise Moscow for Opera North, and created work for the Ballet Boyz. In 2022 Craig will direct a new production of the musical Strictly Ballroom starring Kevin Clifton.
In 2012 Craig won the BBC2 series Maestro at the Opera, the final of which saw him conduct Act 2 of La Boheme at the Royal Opera House. He has also won Celebrity Masterchef and discovered his Australian roots in Who Do You Think You Are?
In Summer 2021, Craig was seen travelling the UK with fellow Strictly Judge Bruno Tonioli on the ITV primetime show Craig and Bruno’s Great British Road Trips. He was recently revealed as ‘Knickerbocker Glory’ on ITV’s The Masked Dancer, reaching the semi-final.
In 2022 Craig toured the UK in his new one man show All Balls and Glitter. Craig has three volumes
of memoirs published, and his debut novel Dances and Dreams on Diamon Street is on sale now.
Craig is currently reprising the role of Miss Hannigan in the UK Tour of Annie at venues across the
Pete Firman – Buttons
Pete Firman is the UK’s leading comedian and magician as well as a TV regular. He presents CITV’s smash hit immersive gameshow Don’t Unleash The Beast and in 2023 will appear in the second season of Amazon’s hugely successful fantasy series Good Omens.
Pete first graced our screens in Channel 5’s groundbreaking series Monkey Magic and later starred in BBC1′s prime-time Saturday night series The Magicians. His unique blend of comedy and magic has seen him invited to perform on countless TV programmes, including Tonight at the London Palladium (ITV1), The John Bishop Show (BBC One), Tommy Cooper Forever (ITV1), The Sarah Millican Television Programme (BBC2), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3) and The Magic Show Story (ITV1) amongst many others.
Pete has gathered an impressive online audience of over 1 million followers on social media and close to 200 million views, with his snappy, astounding and regularly viral videos. He is one of the UK’s most prominent magicians on social media.
His BBC Radio 4 documentary, Pete Firman’s World of Magic, aired to critical acclaim and he has been a guest on several TV retrospectives, including How Magic Changed TV (Channel 5), 50 Greatest Magic Tricks (Channel 4) and When Magic Tricks Go Horribly Wrong (Channel 5).
Pete also wrote Tricks To Freak Out Your Friends, a beginners magic book for the 21st century, which was so successful in the UK that it had two print editions in the United States. He has written numerous articles on magic and its history for publications including The Guardian, The Scotsman and Time Out London.
Pete’s live performances have taken him all over the world and his one-man shows have entertained sell-out audiences for over a decade at the Edinburgh Fringe and on several UK tours. He has been invited to perform at Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs Festival, Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle and London’s home of mystery, The Magic Circle. His other UK theatre productions include Champions of Magic, The All-Star Stand Up Tour and Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker.
Alison Jiear – Fairy Godmother
Alison Jiear trained classically in voice and piano at The Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Australia, moving to London in 1988 as a member of the Australian 60s girl group, The Fabulous Singlettes. They performed their show Stop in the name of love in the West End on three separate occasions and had a sitcom produced by the BBC and a one-hour special on Channel 4. Alison has made the UK her home for the past 34 years.
Alison received a Laurence Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for Jerry Springer the Opera (Royal National Theatre) and reprised the role at The Sydney Opera House in Australia. Other West End credits include Shoes (Sadler’s Wells), On the Town (English National Opera & Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), Xanadu (Southwark Playhouse), Smokey Joes Café, The Hot Mikado, Grease, The Fabulous Singlettes, Prisoner Cell Block H: The Musical, Les Misérables and The Three Little Pigs.
A sought-after concert and cabaret artist, Alison is a regular soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Big Band and Concert Orchestra.
Alison produced six sell-out shows at London’s Pizza on the Park and has taken her one woman shows all over the world. Her show Under the Influence at St. James Studio in London received outstanding reviews, as did her Ella Fitzgerald Centenary show at the Sydney Cabaret Festival. She also appeared as a featured vocalist on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour for three consecutive years.
Alison appeared in Being Julia alongside Annette Bening and can be seen in the film version of Les Misérables. Working extensively as a studio singer, Alison has provided vocals on numerous commercials and television shows such as X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, Stars in their Eyes and movie soundtracks such as Lion King III, Shrek II, Nine, Cody Banks II, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Evita, Pirates of the Caribbean, Die Another Day, Star Wars: Attach of the Clones and Tombraider.
Alison has released four solo CDs, collaborating on a fifth album “Cornet Man” with UK trumpet player, Adam Linsley. These are available through her website and usual outlets. Alison is well known within the LGBTQIA+ community as the voice of the cult gay anthem ‘I Just Wanna Dance’, a new version of which is due for release early 2023. Oh yes it is!!!
Daniel Norford – Dandini
Daniel Norford trained at East 15.
Daniel’s Theatre credits include The Welkin, All of Us, and Small Island (National Theatre), Horace Clayton in Fast (Park Theatre), Adrian/Mickey in Rocky Shock (Wardrobe Theatre), Killigrew the Kind in Treasure Island (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Banzai in Disney’s – The Lion King (UK & International Tour), Banks in The American Clock (Finborough Theatre), Obi in Estate Walls (Oval House Theatre), Semyon in The Notebook of Trigorin (Finborough Theatre), Aladdin (Greenwich Theatre), Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian (Watford Palace Theatre), Caribbean Story (Hackney Empire & Arts Theatre), Cinderella (Watford Palace Theatre), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (China tour), Multiplex (Theatre Royal Plymouth) and The Full Monty (Tour).
Daniel’s film credits include 4Q, Driftwood, Small Time Revolutionary and Smile. Daniel has also been involved in various commercials, workshops, rehearsed readings, and voice over work.
Solomon Davy – The Prince
Solomon Davy is from Wolverhampton and is a recent graduate of Wilkes Academy. Whilst in training he has been fortunate to fulfil two contracts – Cinderella and Snow White, both for Crossroads. He recently made his West End debut in Grease the Musical (Dominion Theatre).
Cassie Compton – Cinderella
Cassie Compton is an actress and singer/songwriter from North London. Her musical theatre credits include See What I Wanna See, Molly Wobbly, American Psycho, Carnival of the Animals, Wicked, Dirty Dancing, Les Miserables, Little Women, The Secret Garden and Whistle Down The Wind.
Photo credit Craig Sugden