Latest news / 1 April, 2019

Star of stage and screen Anita Dobson leads the cast of Royal & Derngate’s dazzling pantomime…


Northampton’s Royal & Derngate has just announced that multi-award-winning stage, television and film actress and singer Anita Dobson will star as the Wicked Stepmother in this Christmas’s spectacular family pantomime Cinderella, which runs from Friday 6 to Sunday 29 December.

Anita Dobson has been a household name for over 30 years, since she rose to fame as Angie Watts, the first landlady of the Queen Vic on EastEnders. Over 30 million viewers tuned in to see her served with divorce papers by her on-screen husband Dirty Den on Christmas Day in 1986, a record which is yet to be surpassed by any other UK soap.

She went on to appear in many other television series including Red Dwarf, Rab C Nesbitt and her own BBC sitcom Split Ends. She reached the ninth week of Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, and guest starred in the 2017 Christmas special of Call the Midwife. Her numerous stage credits include Mama Morton in Chicago and Madame Morrible in Wicked, both in the West End, Joan Crawford in Bette and Joan, which toured to Northampton, and an Olivier-nominated performance in Bryony Lavery’s Frozen at the National Theatre.

Heading back to dry land after last year’s swashbuckling Peter Pan, the theatre is delighted to be presenting the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, Cinderella. Everyone shall go to the ball in this spectacular family production, packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences have come to expect from Northampton’s biggest festive production.

Cinderella will feature laugh-out-loud comedy, jaw-dropping special effects, stunning song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses, making it perfect family entertainment.

There are concessions, generous discounts for groups and special rates for schools available for selected performances. Tickets prices start from £11* and more than 10,000 tickets are available at less than £20.

For more information or to book tickets, call Box Office 01604 624811 or by visiting