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Cinderella at Barclaycard Arena - Paul O'Grady Interview

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Spectacular Stars Paul O'Grady And Bradley Walsh
The fairytale of Cinderella is coming to Birmingham, bigger than ever before as the world's biggest pantomime.

It features a a 50 foot high castle, a cast of more than 100 plus celebrities including Paul O'Grady, Bradley Walsh and children's' TV stars Dick and Dom - but be ready for plenty of twists.

Cinderella, World's biggest pantomime, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Cinderella, the world's biggest panto comes to Birmingham

Audiences have been warned that the iconic tale gets a 21st Century makeover as we see hard-done-by Cinderella hope to meet her Prince Charming and escape the clutches of the two ugly sisters and her wicked step-mum. Along the way, she encounters aerial acrobatics, gospel choirs and even Bollywood and street dancers.

Then there is television personality Paul O'Grady, who will be the Fairy Godfather rather than godmother.

TV presenter and comedian Bradley Walsh, from TV show The Chaser, stars as Cinderella's lovable sidekick Buttons, while Dick and Dom play Prince Charming and his sidekick Dandini.

The show at the Barclaycard Arena runs from December 20 to 24 and is sure to make children gasp with a visit from Santa Claus and 3D mega vision special effects.

Speaking ahead of rehearsals, Paul O'Grady said: I'll be playing the Fairy Godfather, which is great as I'm usually cast to play a baddie. And, there's no need to put a frock on for this character as it's a 'Godfather' after all, it's all about equal opportunities these days.

"Agreeing to do Cinderella was easy as it is going to be fantastic show to be part of and will be something that's never been seen before.

"We've got high-walkers, circus-style performers, 3D-effects you name it and we've probably got it. It will be an amazing spectacle of a show in every sense.

"Plus, we only have to perform for five days, so it's a really short run compared to other pantomimes which means' we're done and dusted on Christmas Eve and back home for Christmas Dinner!"

Cinderella, World's biggest pantomime, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
The new Barclaycard Arena easily seats 4,500 people

The show has been written and produced by Jon Conway, one of the industry's most renowned pantomime producers. He said: "Forget the traditional pantomime- this year, we are mixing things up. It's fantastic to be able to create a show without the restrictions of the conventional theatres."

"I can guarantee no one will have not seen a pantomime like this ever before!"

Cinderella - The World's Biggest Pantomime
Barclaycard Arena
20 24 December 2015

Tickets cost from 27.70 - 46.06 by calling 0844 338 8000 ot visiting the Ticket Factory website.

For more information, visit the Barclaycard Arena website.

Performance times:
Sunday 20 December 7.15pm
Monday 21 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm
Tuesday 22 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm
Wednesday 23 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm
Thursday 24 December 11am & 3pm

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Why? See the world's biggest panto
When: December 20 - 24
Phone: 0844 338 8000
Where: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Cost: From 27.70
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