The Theatre Royal have announced that this year’s pantomime will be Cinderella, complete with a flying horse, dancing penguins, a beautiful princess and a generous sprinkling of fairydust.

From 1 December 2009 to 16 January 2010, 26- year old TV star Roxanne Pallett (Dancing on Ice, Emmerdale), will play the title role, with the north’s favourite comedy duo Clive Webb and Danny Adams, back again following overwhelming public demand and playing The Baron and Buttons respectively.

They are joined by two of last year’s pantomime favourites, Newcastle’s own Dame, Chris Hayward as Baroness Rita and North East actor and TV star Phil Corbitt as one of the Ugly Sisters. David Ducasse of the pop-group Scooch and fresh from his Eurovision fame, will play Dandini, as well as ugly sister extraordinaire Steve Arnott.

Written, produced and directed by Wallsend-born Michael Harrison, Cinderella will be Michael’s fifth record-breaking pantomime for the Theatre Royal.

With a talking horse, a 3D flying Pegasus which transports Cinderella to the ball, a troop of dancing penguins, a hot air balloon, an animatronic raven and real rain, those who wish to go to the ball though ought to act fast as tickets are selling fast. To avoid turning into a pumpkin and missing the greatest panto in the UK, book now!

Tickets are priced at £7.50 - £26.00 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or online at theatreroyal.co.uk