PREPARATIONS are already underway for the Christmas family pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Winchester.

The theatre, in Jewry Street, has announced that Cinderella will be taking the stage from Thursday, November 30 to Monday, January 1.

Cinderella tells the rags-to-riches story of a servant girl whose Fairy Godmother transforms her into a beautiful princess to go to the ball where she meets a handsome Prince. But as the clock strikes midnight the magic fades. As Cinderella runs away she loses her glass slipper and so begins the Prince’s search for his princess.

The pantomime, produced by arts and education charity Play to the Crowd, boasts corny jokes, original songs, live music and audience participation with the returning creative team of writer, lyricist and director James Barry and composer Simon Slater.

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This year’s pantomime is supported by Play to the Crowd’s corporate partner, regional law firm, Paris Smith. Over the coming months the creative team will hold auditions for the cast and support cast – with rehearsals starting in the winter.

There will be accessible performances available, including relaxed, audio-described and British Sign Language interpreted, in addition to a touch tour.

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Priority Booking for Play to the Crowd Members is now open. General sale tickets will be live on Friday, March 24 at 10am. Audiences are encouraged to book early to secure the best priced tickets (from £10.50) – with discounts for members, schools and group bookings.

Cinderella will be at Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday, November 30 2023 to Monday, January 1 2024. For more information or to book go to or call 01962 840 440.