Marc Baylis to star in Theatre Royal’s pantomime

Marc Bayliss starring as Dandini is pictured with the Ugly Sisters
Marc Bayliss starring as Dandini is pictured with the Ugly Sisters

Theatre bosses in St Helens have unveiled the line-up for their Christmas pantomime.

The St Helens Theatre Royal will stage the enchanting tale of Cinderella from Friday, December 5 to Sunday, January 10.

Marc Bayliss - Dandini pictured with Ugly Sister, Pouty - Chrissy Rock

Marc Bayliss - Dandini pictured with Ugly Sister, Pouty - Chrissy Rock

And they’re pledging that this year’s panto extravaganza will be bigger and better than ever.

Every panto needs a villain and this year’s is a real Christmas cracker!

Most recently seen as bad boy Rob Donovan in ITV1’s Coronation Street for which he was nominated as ‘Best Newcomer’ at both The National Television Awards and the Inside Soap Awards, Marc Baylis swaps the cobbles of Coronation Street for the centre stage at Theatre Royal.

Not content with wreaking havoc in Corrie, actor Marc is set to cause mayhem as the dastardly Dandini – so get ready to boo and hiss!

No stranger to treading the boards, Marc’s extensive theatre credits include the UK tour of Hamlet, The Belle’s Stratagem for Southwark Playhouse and Prick Up Your Ears for Comedy Theatre as well as seen on-screen in hit shows including Misfits, EastEnders and Hollyoaks.

Excited to be coming to St Helens, Marc Baylis said: “I’m very much looking forward to appearing in panto at the Theatre Royal and spending Christmas entertaining audiences of St Helens.

“Cinderella is going to be great show so bring the whole family and join in the festivities.”

The sensational line-up also includes Benidorm star and Theatre Royal favourite Crissy Rock as one of the Ugly Sisters.

Leaving audiences on the edge of their seat in fits of laughter earlier this year as the Mum in Rita, Sue and Bob Too! as well as other past Theatre Royal productions Escorts: The Musical and Dirty Dusting, Crissy is back to bring plenty of fun and laughter to the stage alongside her Ugly Sister played by Charlie Griffiths.

Laura Gregory returns as Cinderella alongside the dashing Jack Rigby as her Prince Charming. St Helens’ resident dame Simon Foster brings plenty of sparkle as Fairy Godmother, the delightful Ben Engelen plays Buttons and Benedict Relton completes the line-up as Baron Hardup.

Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a life of servitude by her two ugly step-sisters, but that is all set to change when an invitation to a grand ball at the palace arrives.

With a bit of magic and some help from her friend Buttons, Cinderella is transformed in to the belle of the ball. But what will happen at the stroke of midnight?

With real Shetland ponies, enchanted pumpkins, sparkling glass slippers, Prince Charming, ugly step-sisters and a Fairy Godmother to make audience’s dreams come true – be sure to book your tickets early for the most lavish panto in all the land. Tickets are on sale now.