Hospitality industry stars in its own pantomime

The Springboard Charity is hosting Springderella in January 2017 to raise money to help young adults find work in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors.

The creative adaptation of Cinderella will include performances from some of hospitality’s leading lights in two shows on 19th and 20th January 2017 at Kings Place, London.

The Springboard Charity is pioneering the project to raise vital funds to help young people achieve their potential, nurture unemployed adults into work and help alleviate poverty by supporting people into work.

Chris Penn, who came up with the idea, said: “Springboard is a charity that recognises the need to embrace change and act differently to attract and support employment into hospitality, leisure and tourism. The industry is changing, the employees and consumers are evolving, and it was about time that industry events started changing and innovating away from exclusive and sometimes intimidating black tie functions.”

He added: “I think that a pantomime is the perfect way to show a fun and fresh new side of the industry’s leaders as a backdrop to bringing together like-minded humans in support of an honourable cause.”

Anne Pierce, Springboard’s chief executive, said: “We’re always on the look-out for imaginative ways to support the work of The Springboard Charity and when Chris Penn mentioned doing a panto, we absolutely loved the idea and leapt at the chance. We were overwhelmed with the support from the industry and the number of people who have a penchant for dressing up!

“The panto promises to be full of entertainment and fun – we can’t wait to see leading industry figures take part in our adaptation of Cinderella in January. Tickets are bound to sell fast to see Chris Penn, Peter Hancock, Jonathan Raggett, Andrew McKenzie, Bob Silk, Anne Britton, Charlotte Horler, Gary King, Josh Light and David Cowdery in drag, as well as some surprise cameo roles.”

Tickets start from £17.50 and include champagne and canapes upon arrival and during the interval. A post-pantomime party will also be held featuring food and drink, a DJ and a photo booth with pantomime props. Tickets can be bought via the Kings Place website www.

Main cast:
o Cinderella: Anne Britton (Night 1) & Charlotte Horler (Night 2)
o Buttons: David Armitage
o Fairy Godmother: Bob Silk
o Prince Charming: Josh Light
o Stepmother: Chris Penn
o Baron Hardup: Gary King
o Ugly Sisters: David Cowdery & Bala McAlinn (Night 1), Andrew McKenzie & Jonathan Raggett (Night 2)
o Dandini: JJ Goodman (Night 1) & Lorraine Wood (Night 2)
o The King: Bruce A J McLauchlan
o The Prime Minister: Helen Flint (Night 1) & Stephanie Wybourn (Night 2)
o The Mice: Rebekah Chaplin & David Noble (Night 1), Natasha Rasheed & Keiron Botting (Night 2)
o Court Herald: Peter Hancock
o Footman: Ron Hickey (Night 1) & Paul Hurren (Night 2)

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