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Suzanne Shaw to star alongside Louie Spence in Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome with comedian Andy Ford

The Bristol Hippodrome today announce that singer and actress Suzanne Shaw will take the title role of Cinderella, in this year’s festive spectacular.  She will join TV personality Louie Spence as Dandini and comedian Andy Ford as Buttons along with David Roper as Baron Hardup and Liz Robertson as Fairy Godmother.

Suzanne had one of the fastest selling singles of all time as a member of the pop group Hear’say. She has starred in West End musicals including Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Rocky Horror Show.  Suzanne played Eve Jensen in the hit soap Emmerdale and won the third series of ITV show Dancing on Ice.

Suzanne said: 'I am really excited and looking forward to playing Cinderella in Bristol later in the year. I know it’s going to be lots of fun having played alongside Louie Spence in Manchester in 2011.'

Louie Spence (ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Sky TV’s Pineapple Dance Studio and Louie Spence’s Showbusiness) wowed audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre last year by performing the role of Dandini in the pantomime Cinderella, breaking box office records and receiving outstanding reviews. West Country comedian Andy Ford needs no introduction to Bristol audiences as he returns to his home from home for his fifth Christmas season.

'Louie Spence is Panto perfect'
The Public Reviews

'This special edition Cinderella is five-star family entertainment packed with a lot of cheek and a ton of fairy dust!'
Leighton Buzzard Observer

Having heard about The Bristol Hippodrome’s panto successes, Louie made a special request to take to the stage here this Christmas. Louie thoroughly enjoyed playing Dandini after receiving standing ovations at every performance - so much so, that he wanted to reprise the role again this year.

Louie today said 'I can’t wait to get my panto sparkle back on this Christmas. The Bristol Hippodrome is an amazing theatre and I’m sure the audiences and I will have a ball!'

After graduating from a three year scholarship at London Studio Centre, Louie joined the original Award-Winning cast of Miss Saigon and Cats. Louie’s career has seen him open his own successful dance agency Edit Agency and dance with pop legends Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder ,Take That, E17, 2 Unlimited, Boyzone, Eternal, Björk, Kavanagh, Kim Mazelle, Jocelyn Brown and the Spice Girls. Prior to becoming a household name on BAFTA nominated series Pineapple Dance Studios, Louie also enjoyed success in the UK and US in Bump N Grind, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Battle Pop Stars, My Bare Lady, Benidorm, Swinging with the Finkels and Celebrity Circus, where he was voted by Hollywood.com as one of the Top Ten Reality Show Judges in America. Following the success of Pineapple Dance Studios, Louie starred in his own Sky1 series, Louie Spence's Showbusiness and has become a regular on radio and TV panel shows such as Chris Moyles' Quiz Night, The Jonathan Ross Show, Top Gear, Loose Women, Celebrity Juice and Harry Hill's TV Burp and was a judge on Dancing On Ice.

Along with the dance a minute Dandini and our unsung hero Buttons, Cinderella features a glittering combination of everything a traditional pantomime could wish for, a handsome Prince, enchanting Fairy Godmother and the boo-able Ugly Sisters. With a sprinkling of magic from the Fairy Godmother, will Cinderella beat the clock and find the happy ending she deserves? You’ll have to wait until the clock strikes midnight to find out!

Check out some new exciting ticket offers including  super-groups discount for 50+, Free ice creams for school parties and a senior citizen special. Book your tickets or get more information at The Bristol Hippodrome Box Office, call 0844 871 3012 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/bristol (bkg fee).