Latest news / 2 April, 2019



Theatre Royal Plymouth have announced that comedy legend, musical theatre, television and Strictly star Brian Conley will lead the cast of this year’s spectacular production of the Fairy Godmother of all Pantomimes, Cinderella, from Friday 20 December 2019 – Saturday 18 January 2020.

In a career spanning three decades Brian has appeared in award-winning West End musicals and television sitcoms, presented his own chat shows, recorded three albums and completed numerous sell-out tours of the UK. He was a contestant on the 15th series of BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing. Coupled with pro-dancer Amy Dowden, Brian was fifth to leave the competition, not before wowing the nation with his endearing dance routines and loveable personality.
On stage he has starred as Edna Turnblad in the hit West End musical Hairspray and the title role in the UK tour of Barnum, which played Theatre Royal Plymouth previously. Brian has completed a nationwide tour of Brother Love, celebrating the music of Neil Diamond, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, starred in the nationwide tour of Oliver! playing Fagin, played the title role in Jolson, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, and had leading roles in Me and My Girl, The Music Man and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Last year Brian embarked on his UK tour, Still the Greatest Entertainer (in his Price Range) and is currently back in the West End starring as Franklin Hart Jr in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre. Brian will play Cinderella’s best friend Buttons.
Plymouth theatregoers 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 and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. Cinderella will feature all of the ingredients of the perfect 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. Cinderella will once

again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s annual festive production.
Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division said: “We are absolutely delighted that Brian will be leading the cast of the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s pantomime. Brian is the ultimate showman and always delivers a true masterclass in panto, winning rave reviews for us every single year. Plymouth will be in for a treat as Brian and our fantastic cast will bring comedy, stunning vocals and plenty of surprises to the production packed full of music, dance, laughter and audience participation.”
Marianne Locatori Marketing and Communications Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth said: “We are thrilled to announce Brian Conley as the star in this year’s Pantomime, Cinderella. Everyone at Theatre Royal Plymouth gets a real buzz from the panto season; we love how it brings people together to share a wonderful theatre experience with their family and friends. Brian has performed on our stage many times and we can’t wait to welcome him back to Plymouth. We hope that audiences from the city and across the South West will join us for what promises to be a magical festival show for all to enjoy.”
The clock is ticking! With further casting to be announced don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes. Book your tickets to the Ball today!
Tickets are priced from £13 and can be booked online at or by calling the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222. Concessions are available.