INVERCLYDE’S favourite panto cast are back together and are going to the ball at the Beacon Arts Centre this Christmas for a magical performance of Cinderella.
Still Game’s Jane McCarry is returning as the panto villain as she takes on the role of Wicked Stepmother, and will be joined on stage by her sitcom co-star Mark Cox who will be playing one of the Ugly Sisters alongside River City’s Jimmy Chisholm.
Other familiar faces are Lee Samuel as Buttons, with Michael Karl-Lewis as the Prince and Kim Allan as Cinderella.
The 2019 cast is back together to delight families across the region. Last year, the cast got together for a short festive film –- The Magical Beacon Stone -– but McCarry said she has missed the ‘laughter and fun that comes from doing a panto’.
Performances get underway at the Beacon, Greenock, on Friday 10 December, running until Hogmanay, with a mixture of morning, matinee and evening shows.
McCarry said: “My fave thing about the Beacon is the people of Inverclyde — absolutely fantastic the audiences we have had.
“What I missed most last year was the laughter and fun that comes from doing a panto. Everyone becomes like a big family.”
The Beacon is committed to making the pantomime accessible to all, with a British Sign Language performance (date to be confirmed), free tickets for disabled companions and wheelchair access throughout the venue.
Inverclyde Council is also supporting class-group visits to the pantomime under the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 guidance for risk-assessed day school visits and trips.
Pauline Kane, director of the Beacon Arts Centre, said: “We are thrilled to welcome our 2019 panto cast back to the stage in the most magical tale of all, Cinderella.
“The hilarious family pantomime is suitable for all ages, with plenty of Scottish comedy and stunning musical numbers that you’ll be singing to for days afterwards. We can’t wait to take Inverclyde to the ball.”
The box office can be contacted on 01475 723723.