Casualty Favourite And TV Soap Hunk Join Panto Cast

Two performers well-known for their small-screen characters and stage prowess are joining the cast of this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal festive family spectacular Cinderella.

Amanda Henderson will swap taking pulses for panto when she plays one of the Ugly Sisters while former Walford and West End star David Witts will take on the role of Prince Charming.

Amanda is best known for her role in Casualty as caring nurse Robyn Miller, the beating heart of the ward. She also appeared in the Academy Award-winning movie version of Les Misérables, and is an accomplished stage actress with roles in Cameron Mackintosh’s blockbusting musical Oliver! and Everybody Loves A Winner at Manchester Royal Exchange.

Amanda returns to the East Anglian stage after previously guesting on the UK tour of Lee Mead’s Anniversary Tour two years ago.

David (above) is best known for playing the role of Joey Branning in EastEnders. In May last year he made his West End debut as Fiyero in the hit musical Wicked, and he also took on the part of Link Larkin in Hairspray.

He also has the lead role in two films out this year which are festive TV movie Picture Perfect Royal Christmas which chronicles the love story of a Prince and the assistant to a photographer, and Accidentally In Love.

The pair will join the recently-announced Joe Tracini, Richard Gauntlett and David Gant who will also star in Cinderella, with further casting to be announced in the weeks ahead.

Jane Walsh, panto executive producer and programming director at Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “We know that Amanda has a fabulously powerful and melodic voice and is loved by fans of Casualty for being the ward’s nicest nurse. This Christmas, she is getting the chance to take on a different role as one of the Ugly Sisters and show us she can play a mean role too.

“Meanwhile David’s pedigree speaks for itself. He has been part of one of the West End’s most successful musicals as Elphaba’s love interest in Wicked as well as making his mark in Albert Square. His incredible stage presence, beautiful voice and smouldering looks make him the perfect Prince

“These two will join a hugely talented cast in a show packed with excitement, fun and a few twists, and will make Cinderella the perfect festive pantomime for all ages.”