Cinderella lead roles announced

A former EastEnders actor, pop singer Lolly and a young actor who played the lead role in Cbeebies show The Rhyme Rocket are among the cast for this year’s Telford pantomime at Oakengates Theatre @ The Place.

Cinderella will mark the conclusion to Telford’s 50th birthday year and will run from 11 December to 6 January.

The actor who will play Prince Charming is Tony Discipline who played the role of Tyler Moon in EastEnders and has since had various TV and theatre jobs including a Channel 4 drama.

Lolly – real name Anna Kumble – will play the Fairy Godmother. The solo star has had five Top 20 hits including Mickey and Viva La Radio.

Lolly also became one of the faces of the CBBC Digital Channel, staying with BBC for six years presenting various shows after being involved in the launch of the show.

The title role of Cinderella will be played by Isabel Gamble, who has previously played Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne.

The Ugly Sisters Lav and Lou will be played by Dean Horner and Oliver Gray – both of whom have an extensive background in performing live theatre.

The role of Dandini will be played by Joe Chambers, who played First Officer Ditty in The Rhyme Rocket which followed his character’s cosmic adventures as they blast through space on a mission to collect poetry and songs from around the universe.

Comedy actor, entertainer and solo vocalist Carl Dutfield will play the servant Buttons. Carl has worked as a funstar for Haven Holidays, a redcoat for Butlins and has also been an integral part of Bourne Leisure’s entertainment products.

Councillor John Minor, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, said: “We are very excited that we have an excellent cast lined up for Cinderella, the pantomime that will mark the end of Telford’s 50th birthday year.

“Our cast have a vast amount of acting experience, particularly in the theatre and particularly pantomimes and I look forward to a fantastic show in the winter ahead.

“We believe that we have the cheapest and most cost effective pantomimes in the West Midlands so I would encourage people to get their tickets as soon as possible because they are already selling really well, with some performances already sold out!”

Tickets for Cinderella start from as little as £10 and can be purchased online at or from the Box Office on 01952 382382. There is also a ticket machine in Southwater One.

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