Latest news / 3 October, 2018
Hull New Theatre has announced that another former EastEnders star has joined the line-up of East Yorkshire’s biggest pantomime, Cinderella, with Neil McDermott staring as the handsome Prince Charming alongside the First Lady of the Queen Vic, Anita Dobson and comedy legend Bernie Clifton.
A graduate of the world-renowned Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Neil has been at the forefront of television and theatre for the last 15 years, with roles in Doctor Who, Casualty and Kiss of Death for the BBC, his roles as Dr Ralph Ellis in The Royal and Gary in George Gently for ITV and appearances in the feature films Goal! and Blooded.
In 2009 he joined the cast of BBC’s flagship drama, EastEnders, as Ryan Malloy. The square’s resident bad boy, the role allowed Neil to play out some of the soap’s best-known storylines of recent years, staying with the hit soap for over five years.
Swapping the Square for the bright lights of London’s West End, Neil went on to appear in the hit musical Shrek as the hilarious Lord Farquaad, at the London Palladium as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, appeared in the Olivier and Tony-Award winning musical La Cage Aux Folles and Follies as well as appearing in Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse, as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Lionel Bart’s Big Time The Musical at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Last year Neil made his debut as the Chief Weasel in The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium, as Bill Sykes in Oliver! at the Grange Park Opera and he is currently starring as Evil Lord Hector in Eugenius at The Other Palace.
Neil joins the previously announced Anita Dobson as The Wicked Stepmother, Bernie Clifton as Baron Hardup, with Martyn James as Buttons and Jocasta Almgill as The Fairy Godmother, in a spectacular pantomime packed full of magic, music, comedy, audience participation and fun for all the family. This year’s pantomime will also feature the adorable Ian Lucken’s Shetland Ponies who will help guide Cinderella to the Royal Ball and an eye-popping 3D sequence which will transport audiences deep into the heart of the forbidden forest.
With over 40,000 festive theatregoers attending Hull New Theatre’s must-see annual pantomime, audiences shouldn’t any longer to book their tickets for the Ball!