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by Bryan Blackburn

Company: Theatre Royal Hanley plc

Venue: Theatre Royal, Hanley

Performance dates: 21st December, 1984 to 2nd February, 1985

Synopsis: Traditional pantomime


Lewis with the Ugly Sisters
with the Ugly Sisters

Cinderella -Clodagh Rogers
Buttons-Paul Squire
Prince Charming-Robert Young
Fairy Godmother-Eve Ferret
Ugly Sisters-Roy Alvis and Danny Odell
Broker's Men-The Cox Twins
Sweetheart-Pauline Miles
Baron Hardup-George Williams

The Cox Twins, Fred and Frank, were identical, and married to The Miles Twins, Pauline and Estelle, also identical. Sadly, Estelle died during rehearsals for this show but in true showbusiness tradition the others carried on with the show.

Lewis’s comment:
"It's great to get away from the rough-and-ready image" Daily Record, 13th July, 1984

“It’s great to get away from playing the hard man. Dandini is a very different rôle, but I have played Prince Charming before. And people forget I did play a poofter in the comedy series The Cuckoo Waltz." Unknown Newspaper, 1984

"Lewis Collins proved he really is one of the professionals by displaying an impressive variety of talents including singing, dancing and ad libbing when everyone else got it wrong." The Stage, 24th January, 1985