Panto is Bury St Edmunds theatre’s most successful in recent years

The Ugly Stepsisters (James Parkes and Jon de Ville) in the Theatre Royal's panto Cinderella ANL-140812-110759001
The Ugly Stepsisters (James Parkes and Jon de Ville) in the Theatre Royal's panto Cinderella ANL-140812-110759001
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A Bury St Edmunds theatre has enjoyed its most successful panto in recent years as more than 23,000 people joined Cinderella to the ball.

Audiences flocked to the Theatre Royal’s 76 show run of Cinderella with 23,173 tickets sold - surpassing sales of its most recent biggest panto Dick Whittington and His Cat which was seen by 22,981 people.

With Cinderella, theatre-goers of all ages were treated to traditional fun with jokes, music, romance, slapstick and dance. Children were invited on stage, birthdays were read out and male audience members found themselves the objects of the Dames’ amorous attentions.

Karen Simpson, director of the Theatre Royal, said: “I’m absolutely delighted ticket sales were up.

“More than 23,000 people saw the panto which creates a great platform for the future.”

In addition to performing, the theatre’s panto actors also got involved in community life in Bury. They took to the stage at the town’s Christmas lights switch-on while Cinders and the Fairy Godmother judged the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Christmas tree festival.

Prince Charming and Cinderella also promoted the Suffolk Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Campaign.

It was Fairy Godmother actress Sarah Lousie Young’s first panto. She said: “I couldn’t have asked for a happier first panto experience. The cast, crew, creatives, volunteers and everyone working at the beautiful Theatre Royal were so warm and welcoming from day one.”