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With Christmas around the corner, a family festive tradition is returning to the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, with all its magical fun and sparkle! Yes, pantomime is back! This year it will be the turn of Cinderella’s fairy-tale, with the title name played by Pembrokeshire’s very own Rosey Cale.

With opening night on the 16th of December and the last performance New Year’s Eve, tickets have been selling quickly since they were released earlier this year. Due to popular demand, the team at the Torch Theatre have announced today that extra performances have been added. So, there’s still a chance to get your ticket to the Ball!

Cinderella herself, Rosey Cale said:

“It’s a pleasure to be involved in this year’s Torch Theatre Pantomime. I remember coming to the Torch as a child with both my school and my family, it was always something we looked forward to in the countdown to Christmas and so it’s a real honour to be on the stage this year as Cinderella!”

Pembrokeshire’s favourite Dame, Dion Davies, returns as one of the Ugly Sisters, Eugiene, and the much-loved comedian and actor Dave Ainsworth takes on the role of the Pantomime Villain as Barron Hardup, booooo!. The duo are joined by James Mack who play’s Eugiene’s even more beautiful sister, Hygiene, and, Miriam O’Brien as the charming Dandini.

As well as some familiar faces to the Torch stage, after 23 years as a Volunteer Extraordinaire at the theatre, David Woodham will be treading the pantomime boards for the first time. Fellow debuts include Milford Haven based actor and former Torch Youth Theatre member Samuel Freeman as the Prince, Carmarthenshire’s Gareth Howard as Buttons and Amelia Ryan who will play the Fairy Godmother.

Speaking about his Torch Panto debut David said, “I’m so excited to be involved with Cinderella this year. I’ve worked at the Torch for 23 years and always wanted to be on stage in the pantomime. I asked Peter (Torch Theatre Artistic Director) if I could take part and this year he has finally made it happen. I can’t wait for Cinderella to open.”

The show will be overseen by the Torch’s award-winning director Peter Doran, who added:

“We’re delighted to be bringing Pantomime back to the Torch stage this year, we all missed that festive buzz last year, and so we’re determined to make it the biggest and the best panto that we’ve ever produced. The cast have been busy in rehearsal for a number of weeks now, and we can’t wait to show you the finished performance! It’s fantastic that we’re having to put in extra dates; it seems that despite everything that’s going on, our audience are determined to have a great time this Christmas and we can certainly guarantee that this is what they’ll get here at the Torch Pantomime.”

Cinderella will be the 177th production created by the professional theatre company who have been producing Christmas shows to Pembrokeshire audiences for over 40 years. To get your tickets click here.

Please remember that to comply with the current Welsh Government requirements, the Torch Theatre will require a valid Covid Pass, or proof of a negative lateral flow test for those aged 18 and above, in order to attend the Pantomime. 


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