Panto season underway in Bromley as Churchill Theatre welcomes director home

PUBLISHED: 13:15 04 December 2013 | UPDATED: 13:15 04 December 2013

Matt Lapinskas and Anna Williamson star in Cinderella at The Churchill Theatre.

Matt Lapinskas and Anna Williamson star in Cinderella at The Churchill Theatre.

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Pantomime season is well and truly underway in Bromley, as The Churchill Theatre welcomes back director Alison Pollard for the third year running.

This year’s extravaganza, Cinderella, stars ex-Eastenders actor Matt Lapinskas and Nickelodeon’s Anna Williamson as Prince Charming and Cinders herself.

The pair are joined by Andrew Agnew, from BBC children’s show Balamory, and Jessica Martin, from Spitting Image, as the Fairy Godmother.

Director Alison, who has lived in Bromley for the past 12 years, juggles her directorial role in Bromley with her duties as an associate director for west end smash hit The Book Of Mormon.

However, she holds a candle for The Churchill because “it’s so local”.

She added: “I love panto as I’m really a big kid at heart. I have two children who will be coming to watch the show at least three times.

“It’s always a great feeling to be doing panto as it’s one of my very own. I chose all of the music, with help from the musical director, and I like to include something for everyone.”

On Tuesday, the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming visited The Demelza Children’s Hospice, in Eltham, to deliver presents ahead of Christmas.

Leading man Matt said: “It was such a pleasure and privilege to visit Demelza. Every child was delightful and I want to wish every one of them a very merry Christmas.”

Cinderella runs at the theatre, in Bromley High Street, until January 5. To book tickets, visit

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