This festive season, audiences across the North East are invited to the most spectacular ball of them all – Cinderella. This spellbinding production at Sunderland Empire is a must-attend event for the whole family – and this year’s is sure to put smiles on faces.

Cinderella is a much-loved fairytale – arguably one of the best! This tale packed with pumpkins, spells and the very glass slipper that turns Cinderella’s life from rags to riches comes to life on stage.

With the help of the Fairy Godmother and her lovable best friend, Buttons, the Princess fights against her evil stepsisters to bag a ticket to Prince Charming’s ball.

North East legend, Scarlett Moffatt, is the star of the show as the Fairy Godmother. Scarlett is everything a panto should be – full of life and laughter – and she holds the whole show together perfectly – with plenty of festive magic and funny moments thrown in for good measure. There is, of course, nods to the Northern native’s jungle and Gogglebox days – and it goes down a treat with the local crowd.

The oh-so glamorous ‘Queen of Comedy’, Miss Rory, makes her Sunderland Empire panto debut as one of the ugly sisters, Rorina Hardup. Miss Rory is the comic creation of Dan Cunningham and is billed a ‘Tyneside institution’ for her razor-sharp wit. We were delighted to hear of here panto appearance this year, and it’s safe to say, we were not disappointed!

Rorina’s sidekick is Duncan Burt (as Ruby Hardup). A side-splitting drag duo, who together bring wow costumes, tongue-in-cheek one-liners and plenty of seasonal silliness to the production.

The lovely Gemma Naylor makes for the perfect Princess and Jon Moses is an ever-so charming Prince. Dan Ebenezer is Dandini and Jimmy Johnston doubles up as the show’s director as well as playing the role of Baron Hardup.

The bubbly, fun and hilarious role of Buttons is taken on by Tom Whalley. He’s at the heart of the show from start to finish – ensuring plenty of audience interaction throughout – and of course this is something we all know and love about Panto season! His Mackem jokes and over-the-top accent has us in stitches.

No expense spared this year, folks. A brilliant show filled with famous faces, sensational sets and side-splitting comedy brings the festive fairytale we all know and love.

You’ll laugh, cry and sing your way through the whole show – with plenty of opportunity to get up and dance, cheer on your favourite characters and boo-hiss as the baddies take to the stage. Expect all the usual panto silliness, seasonal sketches and glittering costumes.

Whether it’s a family affair or a night out with friends – you’re guaranteed to leave with aching bellies and feeling festive.


The laugh-out-loud Panto is on from now, until Sunday 5 January 2020. Don’t miss the best ball in town! Tickets available at, atgtickets.com

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