You will go to the Ball! The cast is revealed for Blackburn Empire’s Cinderella

The cast of this year’s brand-new production of Cinderella at Blackburn’s Empire Theatre has been revealed.

Joining star of stage and screen, Linda Lusardi, who will play the Fairy Godmother are a fabulous cast of performers and panto professionals who will make this the Empire’s biggest festive run ever.

Starring as Cinderella is singing sensation Lucy Kane. Lucy, who is Linda Lusardi’s daughter, got everyone talking after wowing coaches on The Voice UK during her blind audition on the ITV show. She more than held her own as she belted out a rendition of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, originally recorded by The Shirelles and finally joined Tom Jones’ team after a battle between the judges.

Bringing comedy and magic to the family show is JezO, a multi-award-winning magician, comedy entertainer and a member of the prestigious Magic Circle. His high-energy magic and illusions with powerful comedy skills, this year saw him crowned as the “UK’s Family Entertainer of the Year 2022” and his magical appearance on Britain’s Got Talent saw him gain the approval of the audience and judges. Appearing as Buttons, JezO will be appearing in his 10th panto when he brings magic and mayhem to the Empire.

As everyone knows, it wouldn’t be Cinderella without the Ugly Sisters. This year we welcome Colin Roberts and Mervyn Francis as the particularly ugly sisters. Both are professional panto dames and with Cinderella it means we’ll have double the fun.

That only leaves Prince Charming!

Tom Rolfe, producers of this year’s panto said:

“We’ve got some amazing news regarding the key role of Prince Charming and we’d encourage everyone to follow the theatre’s social media pages, so you don’t miss news of this exciting opportunity when we announce it in early June.”

The magic begins on Saturday 26th November 2022 and tickets are on sale now and already selling fast.

Visit the website and get your “Invitation to the Ball”.

Cinderella – The Pantomime
Begins Saturday 26th November through to 31st December 2022
Tickets start at £12.50 and Family Tickets are also available.
Book online at or by calling the box office (Mon – Fri) 10am to 12noon on 01254 685500.
School and group tickets are available and schools are encouraged to book early as performances are booking very quickly.

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