This year's upcoming Christmas pantomime Cinderella has found its Fairy Godmother in a Coronation Street favourite. 

It has been confirmed that soap star Lisa George will swap the cobbles for a horse and carriage this festive season

The annual production will be at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon and will run from 07 December 2024 to 05 January 5 2025.

Lisa George is best known for her having first appeared on the cobbles in 2011 playing Beth Tinker and being nominated as Best Newcomer in the 2012 annual TV Choice awards. 

Other TV Credits include the BAFTA-nominated television adaptation of the Jacqueline Wilson novel The Illustrated Mum, as well as episodes of British serial dramas Casualty, Holby City and Emmerdale, also appearing in Dancing on Ice in 2020.  Theatre credits include the stage musical production of Prisoner: Cell Block H. 

Lisa, who will join the previously announced local panto legend David Ashley, said: “I love panto and it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to be on stage joining in the fun and games, so I’m really happy to be back, playing Fairy Godmother in Swindon this year. Wand at the ready. I’ll see you there for some panto magic!”

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Laura James, theatre director for the Wyvern, said of the casting: ‘It’s fantastic news that Lisa will be joining us in Pantoland this year! From the Corrie cobbles to the sparkling Swindon stage.

"We can’t wait to welcome her and see the magic she’ll be bringing to our wonderful audiences, alongside the rest of the fabulous cast in Cinderella this December."


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A description of the panto said: 'Cinderella promises to make all your Christmas wishes come true, with laughs galore, sensational singing and dancing, bucket loads of audience participation and a touch of fairy godmother magic. 

It added: "Poor Cinderella works night and day but dreams of a very different life and with an invitation to the royal ball it looks as if her wish may be granted.

"Will her Wicked Stepsisters succeed in ruining Cinderella’s dreams of happiness, or will her Fairy Godmother and loyal friend Buttons be able to thwart their devilish plans? Pop on your glad-rags and join us at the ball to find out."