Latest news / 24 February, 2020



Mayflower Theatre are delighted to announce the legendary Richard Cadell & Sooty are joining the cast of this year’s magical pantomime, Cinderella, starring alongside the Strictly fab-u-lous Craig Revel Horwood and the lovely Debbie McGee. The television, stage, comic book, animation and film star Sooty made his screen debut over 68 years ago and in that time has delighted audiences of millions worldwide with his cheeky sense of humour, jaw-dropping magic tricks and hilarious mishaps, despite not ageing whatsoever. The Sooty Show is now acknowledged by the Guinness book of records as the longest running children’s television show in the world. First seen on screen in 1948 supported by his original owner and friend Harry Corbett (and later his son Matthew) Sooty became a regular on the BBC’s Saturday Special, and fronted his own programmes The Sooty Show and Sooty & Co. Matthew Corbett retired in 1998 and handpicked Richard Cadell to replace him. Richard has presented Sooty on stage and television for over 20 years. The current series can be seen every morning on ITVbe and it remains ITVs most popular children’s show. Sooty got into all sorts of trouble when his original owner Harry Corbett received the OBE, whereupon he squirted His Royal Highness Prince Philip with water but received his own miniature version of the accolade nonetheless. On stage, Sooty and his friends regularly appear in theatres across the nation in an array of different productions and pantomimes, performing eye-popping magic tricks and causing all sorts of mischief as only they can In Cinderella, Sooty will play himself with Richard Cadell as his best friend Buttons. They will join the previously announced stars Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Stepmother and Debbie McGee as the Fairy Godmother in yet another magical pantomime, brought to Mayflower Theatre by producers Qdos Entertainment. Sooty was unavailable for comment but speaking about their casting Richard Cadell said:
Sooty is beside himself at the prospect of starring in Cinderella in Southampton, and I’m really excited too. Debbie and I have worked together before and became great friends and we’re looking forward to working with Craig Revel Horwood again. Last year we appeared together on Strictly as guests but Sooty didn’t dance - he hasn’t really got the legs for it.
As well as providing lots of laughs with Sooty, Richard will also be featuring some large-scale magical illusions direct from Las Vegas. With thousands of theatregoers attending pantomime at Mayflower Theatre every year, and with tickets already selling fast, audiences shouldn’t leave it any longer to secure their seats for the south coast’s biggest pantomime.