The Crown stars Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter are set to reunite in an upcoming Cinderella pantomime for Christmas.
At this time of year, many people across the country typically look forward to celebrating the festive period by heading to the pantomime, watching productions from Snow White to Alice in Wonderland.
With theatres across the country facing cancellations due to coronavirus restrictions, this tradition will have to fall by the wayside for lots of theatre-goers.
Nonetheless, some pantomime performances are still going ahead in an alternative way, including the upcoming Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas, which is set to air on TV on Christmas Eve.
Written by the Dawson Brothers and based on an original script by Ben Crocker, the production will see Olivia make her pantomime debut as the Fairy Godmother, in addition to starring Helena as Lady Devilia and Tom Hollander as Baron Hardup.
Olivia and Helena recently starred as royal sisters Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret in season four of The Crown, the last time they will portray the characters before being replaced with new actors in season five.
The upcoming one-hour Cinderella pantomime will retell the classic tale, with The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy playing the titular character.
Executive producer and Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis said he is ‘hugely grateful’ to have been given the opportunity to air the pantomime on TV.
‘We’re hugely grateful to BBC Two and the amazing cast for allowing us to do our first ever pantomime,’ he said.
‘It’ll be very funny and merry – and also a great seasonal opportunity to raise crucial funds for the projects that will help the most vulnerable people, at home and abroad – especially now when Covid has made things harder than ever for many.’
Patrick Holland, controller of BBC Two, described the pantomime as ‘a unique surprise at the end of a year when we all need cheering up’.
‘Thank you so much to Richard Curtis and the team at Comic Relief for assembling such a stellar cast to deliver us a pantomime to remember.’
Artist Quentin Blake, best-known for his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s books, has created a range of hand-drawn illustrations of Cinderella to add a sprinkle of magic to the production.
The illustrations will be signed by Quentin and auctioned in aid of Comic Relief.
Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas will air on Thursday December 24 at 8.15pm on BBC Two, and it will also be available on BBC iPlayer.
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