Stellar cast revealed for Princes Theatre pantomime

Tuesday, 16 August, 2022
George Sampson

A stellar cast line-up has been unveiled for this year’s pantomime at the Princes Theatre.

Cinderella will be staged with a cast of familiar faces, with many of the stars from last year’s production enjoying the Clacton audiences so much they are returning for another year.

Hollyoaks and Eastenders actress Gemma Bissix will tread the boards once more, along with Katherine Victoria; while the ever-popular Jamie Riding returns as the Dame, Wicked Baroness Daisy Hardup, and children’s entertainer Graeme Mathews (or Bam Bam as he will be known as to many) will be back for a third year as Buttons.

Joining the cast will be Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson as the Prince of the fairy tale, Amy Sue as Cinderella, while Cleopatra Higgins from the girl group Cleopatra will play the Fairy Godmother to complete the line-up.

George Sampson shot to fame when he won the talent competition in 2008 with his incredible Singin’ in the Rain dance routine, and has gone on to develop a career on the stage and screen – including both popular TV dramas such as Waterloo Road and Emmerdale, and several pantos.

Cleopatra exploded to international fame aged 15 with her sister pop/RnB group Cleopatra, with a number of top five singles. More recently Cleopatra has taken on leading roles in musicals from London’s West End including Whitney Houston Queen of the Night.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council, which runs the Princes Theatre, said he was excited by the casting announcement.

“Last year’s pantomime was such great fun, loved by thousands of audience members who enjoyed the show, so I am pleased to see the return of familiar faces who we know can put on a great performance,” Councillor Porter said.

“With the addition of the talented George Sampson and Cleo, Cinderella will be a show not to be missed – so make sure you buy your ticket to the ball now!”

Anton Benson of Anton Benson Productions, which stages the pantomime at the Princes Theatre, added: “Our stars loved performing in Clacton last year so much that most of them coming back again to stage popular fairy tale story Cinderella – which promises to be a fantastic show.”

Cinderella runs from 10 December until 1 January, and tickets are available from the Princes Theatre box office online at or by calling 01255 686633 (option 1). Tickets cost £15 (£14 concessions) or a family of four for £52

Last updated on: 17/08/2022 - 10:29