A LEGEND of Corrie’s cobbled streets is the headline star for this year’s Sunderland Empire panto.
Bosses today revealed the cast for rags-to-riches tale Cinderella.
Loose Women panellist Sherrie Hewson takes the pivotal role as the Fairy Godmother.
The 68-year-old is one of the most respected actresses in the country and has been in the business for more than 40 years.
She began performing at the tender age of four and won an Olivier Award at the age of 15.
Sherrie is best known for her iconic portrayal of Maureen Holdsworth in Coronation Street.
She published her own crime fiction novel The Tannery in 2009, and recently starred as Joyce Temple-Savage in ITV’s hit rated series Benidorm.
A spokesman for the Empire said: “Sherrie is thrilled to be starring in the pantomime and is looking forward to sharing a wonderful Christmas and New Year with everyone in Sunderland.”
The role of Cinderella will be played by Amy Thompson, a familiar face on Channel 5’s Milkshake!
Her theatre credits include Gail in Teachers, Holly in Christmas Crackers, Annie in Wrestling Mad, and Kay in Salt of the Earth.
Unsung hero Buttons will be played by TV presenter Jamie Rickers.
He is the TV face of Nickelodeon in the UK and the eponymous star of Jamie & Anna’s Big Weekend, and summer hit Camp Orange.
He joined Nickelodeon in 2010 after five years hosting CITV’s Toonattik.
The handsome Prince Charming will be played by Owen Thompson, with Bobby Windebank as Dandini, Jamie Morris and Tarot Joseph as the dastardly Ugly Sisters, and the fabulous Shetland Ponies live on stage. Cinderella promises to be a sparkling treat for the whole family and the Empire will be welcoming back Martin Dodd for UK Productions.
As one of the country’s leading producers of musical theatre and pantomime both nationally and internationally, and as the company behind last year’s high-flying pantomime Peter Pan, they promise another high-impact and fun adventure.
Empire press officer Claire Pickersgill said: “We’re delighted Sherrie will be starring in this year’s pantomime.
“Renowned for all of her fantastic TV roles and bubbly and charismatic personality, she’ll make a truly exceptional and enchanting Fairy Godmother.
“And with popular children’s TV stars Jamie and Amy, plus adorable Shetland Ponies, this year’s show is all set to be another fun-filled extravaganza.”
Cinderella runs from Friday, December 13, to Sunday, January 5.
Tickets, priced from £10 to £25, are available from the Box Office in High Street West, the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022 or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.