Latest news / 4 May, 2018



The Churchill Theatre has announced that Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph will lead the cast of this year’s spectacular Bromley pantomime, Cinderella, spreading magic and festive cheer in the role of Fairy Godmother from Saturday 1 December.

The much-loved actress and broadcaster is best known for playing man-eater Dorien Green in the sitcom Birds of a Feather, a role she has been associated with since the sitcom made its debut in 1989. Appearing in over one hundred episodes, which were viewed by over 23 million people at its height, ‘The Birds’ reformed in 2013 which saw Lesley return to the role which made her a national treasure.

Having graduated from LAMDA Lesley began her extensive career appearing on stage in dramas, musicals and reviews in the West End and across the UK and on every major television channel and on film working with major directors including Franco Zeffirelli. Most recently Lesley starred as Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Calendar Girls and Home, directed by Peter Hall. Lesley is currently starring in the musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein in London’s West End starring as Frau Blücher, a role for which she was nominated for the 2018 Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

Lesley will play the role of Fairy Godmother, Cinderella’s immortal guardian, sent to save her from her evil Ugly Sisters and help her win the hand of the handsome Prince Charming. The production will be packed full of magic, audience participation and fun for all the family.

This year’s Churchill Theatre pantomime will once again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the team behind the record-breaking productions of Peter Pan starring Craig Revel Horwood and last year’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which starred Jessie Wallace.

Qdos Entertainment Executive Producer Jonathan Kiley said: “Lesley is an absolute star in the world of pantomime, with fabulous comic timing, an array of fantastic costumes and sheer, unadulterated stage presence making her the perfect Fairy Godmother for Cinderella at the Churchill Theatre. After the success of last year’s pantomime audiences are already flocking to book their tickets, and they shouldn’t miss their chance to see the other Royal Wedding this year.”

Audiences shall go to the ball this Christmas as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and with the help of her hilarious friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. Cinderella will feature all of the ingredients of the perfect Bromley pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy.

Churchill Theatre Director Chris Glover comments: “We are delighted to announce Lesley Joseph as our Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Churchill Theatre this festive season. Qdos Entertainment continue to produce the highest quality pantomimes which are loved by our audiences. Nearly 40,000 theatregoers attended our pantomime last year, making it the Churchill Theatre’s most successful ever, and this year’s looks set to break a new record!”

Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes. The clock is ticking…book your tickets to the Ball today!