BBC announces star-studded Cinderella with The Crown's Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter fronting TV panto

BBC announced a star-studded Cinderella TV panto with The Crown's Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter helming it.

Cinderlla: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas is a retelling of the classic story written by comedy creators the Dawson Brothers.

The public will have the opportunity to donate to Comic Relief while watching the all-star cast put on the production.

The Crown's Olivia Colman is making her panto debut as the Fairy Godmother, while Helena Bonham-Carter is playing Lady Devilia.

Hot off Netflix hit The Queen's Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy is playing Cinderella alongside Roots' Rege-Jean Page as Prince Charming.

Four Weddings and a Funeral's Guz Khan will be taking on the iconic Buttons role, while Us' Tom Hollander will be Baron Harup.

This Country's real life brother-sister pairing Daisy May and Charlie Cooper will be playing The Evil Step Sisters.

Bosses have also promised surprises and cameos – including a famous person wearing an "unconvincing horse costume".

As well as the performances, legendary artist Quentin Blake – known for his Roald Dahl illustrations – will be bringing it to life with hand-drawn illustrations.

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two said: “This is a unique surprise at the end of a year when we all need cheering up. Thank you so much to Richard Curtis and the team at Comic Relief for assembling such a stellar cast to deliver us a pantomime to remember.”

Richard Curtis, Executive Producer and Founder of Comic Relief said: ”We’re hugely grateful to BBC Two and the amazing cast for allowing us to do our first ever pantomime. 

"It’ll be very funny and merry – and also a great seasonal opportunity to raise crucial funds for the projects that will help the most vulnerable people, at home and abroad – especially now when Covid has made things harder than ever for many.”

Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas will be broadcast on BBC Two on Thursday 24 December at 8.15pm and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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