THEATRE Royal Winchester’s resident pantomime dame surprised staff at a regional law firm this week in the run-up to this year’s panto Cinderella.

Fairy Kind-heart paid a visit to Paris Smith to say thank you to the firm for supporting this year’s show on behalf of Play to The Crowd, the charity which runs the Theatre Royal.

The team, based in Parchment Street, were left gobsmacked when the dame walked in, towering over them in a bright red and gold gown with puffball sleeves, bow detail and gold star embellishments, a white beehive and gold knee-high boots.

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Hampshire Chronicle: (L-R) Huw Miles, Fairy Kind-Heart, Peter Taylor(L-R) Huw Miles, Fairy Kind-Heart, Peter Taylor (Image: Theatre Royal Winchester)Outside the firm’s offices, the dame – played by actor Julian Eardley – posed for photos with senior partner, Peter Taylor, and managing partner, Huw Miles with passers-by stopping for a second glance and to talk about the festive season and upcoming pantomime.

Kirstie Mathieson, communications and development director of Play to the Crowd, said: “We are so thankful to Paris Smith for their investment in us, we wanted to spread a little festive joy throughout their offices.

“As predominantly a receiving house, the pantomime is the one show we produce ourselves and we are incredibly proud of it. Thanks to Huw and team at Paris Smith for their ongoing support.  Cinderella is on track to be our most successful pantomime to date – if you haven’t booked your tickets yet don’t delay!”

Cinderella is the rags to riches story of a servant girl whose Fairy Godmother transforms her into a beautiful princess to go to the ball to meet the handsome Prince. But when the clock strikes midnight, she must flee, leaving the Prince to search his kingdom for her – with only the help of her glass slipper.

Hampshire Chronicle: Fairy Kind-heart is played by actor Julian Eardley Fairy Kind-heart is played by actor Julian Eardley (Image: Theatre Royal Winchester)SEE ALSO: Work on the city's first drive-thru McDonald's is nearing completion

The theatre’s pantomime is suitable for all ages and is packed with corny jokes, original songs, live music and audience participation. It is produced by Play to the Crowd and comes from the same creative team behind previous years’ pantomimes including Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington and last year’s record breaking The Wizard of Oz – the award-nominated pairing – writer, director and lyricist James Barry, with music by Simon Slater.

There will be a number of accessible performances including relaxed, audio-described and BSL-interpreted; plus, a touch tour. Audiences will also be able to livestream the show to watch at home.

Cinderella will be at the Theatre Royal from November 30 to January 1 at various times. More information can be found on the Theatre Royal website.