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Lyric Hammersmith - this year Cinderella, next year Aladdin

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT Christmas, Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet. Written by Joel Horwood, Aladdin plays from November 19, 2016 to January 7, 2017 and tickets go on sale this Friday – November 27, 2015.

Previously Posted: Final casting has been announced for Cinderella, which runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from November 28, 2015 (previews from November 21) to January 3, 2016.

Joining previously announced Samuel Buttery (as Buttons), Sara Crowe (Madama Woo), Krystal Dockery (Cinderella) and Karl Queensborough (Prince Charming) are Peter Caulfield (Licious), Debra Michaels (Fairy Godmother) and Matt Sutton (Booty).

Young ensemble members are Poppy Almond, Claudia Archer, Oliver Byng, Eboni Dixon, Amelia Grant and Nathaniel Wade.

Previously Posted: A Lyric Hammersmith production, Cinderella runs in the Main House from November 28, 2015 (previews from November 21) to January 3, 2016.

Following the success of Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington and his Cat, award-winning playwright Tom Wells pens another traditional panto with plenty of festive fun in true Lyric style.

The cast includes Samuel Buttery (as Buttons), Sara Crowe (Madama Woo), Krystal Dockery (Cinderella) and Karl Queensborough (Prince Charming), with further casting to be announced.

Samuel Buttery’s recent theatre credits include The Tale of Mr Tumble (Manchester International Festival), Buttery Brown Monk (Leicester Square Theatre), Taboo (Broadway, Brixton Club House) and The Bald Primadonna (George Wood Theatre). His screen work includes Blaggers, Child 44 and Journey to the Moon.

Buttery is also known as a finalist from the original series of BBC1’s The Voice, when he was mentored by Sir Tom Jones.

Sara Crowe’s recent theatre credits include Crush the Musical (UK Tour), Noises Off (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Fallen Angels (UK Tour), Radio Times, the Musical, The City Madam (The Swan, RSC), On Approval, Less Than Kind, St John’s Night (Jermyn St Theatre), Bedroom Farce (Duke of York’s Theatre), Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre), The Constant Wife, A Busy Day (Lyric Theatre), Dames at Sea (Ambassadors Theatre) and Hay Fever (Albery Theatre), for which she received an Olivier nomination for Best Comedy Performance.

Her screen credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Carry on Columbus, Caught in the Act, Round Ireland with a Fridge, Born and Bred, Haggard, Big Meg Little Meg Sometime Never, Alas Smith and Jones, The Harry Enfield Show, Scarlett, The Green Green Grass, Skins and EastEnders.

Krystal Dockery first appeared on the Lyric stage as part of the young ensemble for Aladdin (2011), Cinderella (2012) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2013). This production marks her professional stage debut.

Karl Queensborough first appeared on the Lyric stage as part of the young ensemble for the Lyric’s first pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk (2009), Dick Whittington and his Cat (2010) and Morning (also Traverse). His credits elsewhere include A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre), Dayglo, Mind the Gap (Y-Touring) and 365 (National Theatre of Scotland). He has also appeared on television in Casualty and Sniggers with Attitude.

As well as the Lyric pantos, Tom Wells’ theatre credits include Jumpers for Goalposts (Paines Plough/Watford Palace Theatre/UK Tour), Symphony (co-written with Ella Hickson and Nick Payne; Edinburgh Festival/Soho Theatre), The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre, winner of the Most Promising Playwright – Critics’ Circle, 2011 and the 2012 George Devine Award), Spacewang (Hull Truck), Me, As A Penguin (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Arcola Theatre/UK Tour), About a Goth (Paines Plough/Oran Mor) and Notes For First Time Astronauts (Paines Plough/Soho Theatre).

Ben & Lump, which Wells wrote as part of the Coming Up season (Touchpaper) was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2012 and his play Jonesy was broadcast on Radio 4 last year.

Cinderella is directed by Ellen McDougall and has set design by Oliver Townsend, with costume design by Katie Lias, lighting by Tim Deiling, sound by Nick Manning, choreography by Lainie Baird and musical direction by Benjamin Holder. Music is composed and arranged by Corin Buckeridge.

Tickets: £15 – £30; £35 premium seats. No booking fee. To book, call the box office on 020 8741 6850 or visit www.lyric.co.uk/.

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Laura Wade’s new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ bestselling novel Tipping The Velvet runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from September 18 to October 24, 2015.