Expect more sparkle this Panto season
2:45pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
WITH enough sparkle to keep the Hippodrome twinkling well into 2014, dance guru Louis Spence is prancing into Bristol this Christmas to star as Dandini in Cinderella with none other than former Hear’Say singer and star of stage and screen Suzanne Shaw, who is playing Cinderella herself.
“This is my first proper time in Bristol; it’s such a famous theatre and I’m very excited!” said Louie, speaking to the Gazette.
“It’s such a fabulous theatre and such a great production, you really do need a big stage to produce it well. Everything about this show is big – including us!”
Suzanne Shaw, who found fame as a member of Hear’Say, has been to the Hippodrome before, when she starred in The Rocky Horror Show several years ago.
“Louie and I work together all the time and we premiered this show in Manchester two years ago. We are really close friends and it helps.
“There have been lots of Cinderellas but this really is special,” said Louie. “It’s such a lavish performance – all the elements are there. Suzanne and I are also really good friends off stage, which is important when you’re on stage, too. It makes the relationship much better and means that if there is a moment when we can come off script we take it, involving the audience wherever we can.
“We make every performance unique; it’s something we’re really good at! We work so hard, and are on stage for most of the performance, but we love it, we really do. I think we must be the hardest working people in panto and when you come to see the show you will see just how much we give to it. We earn every penny!”
Suzanne is, of course, famous for her singing voice and we can look forward to lots of upbeat, family-friendly songs.
“We try and keep our songs right up to date,” says Suzanne. “There is usually a particular song or theme that’s very popular at the time, but it might change at the last minute. There isn’t a quiet moment in the show”!
And of course, you can’t have Cinderella at the Hippodrome without real ponies.
“Ah yes, the ponies!” laughs Suzanne. “We always have real ponies, the kids love them. It’s such a magical moment when they come on stage and they really steal the show.
And as for the costumes, could they really have enough sparkle for Louie Spence?
“The costumes are fantastic and very workable – they have to be!” laughs Louie, “But you can’t get much more sparkle on the show, to be honest.”
Louie Spence and Suzanne Shaw join Bristol Hippodrome favourite Andy Ford, who returns to the theatre, for his fifth fantastic season, in the role of Buttons.
For more info, call the Bristol Hippodrome Box Office on 0844 871 3012 or visit www.atgtickets.com/bristol
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