Cinderella, Belfast’s Grand Opera House, Theatre Preview

By Conor O’Neill

She’s back! Local dream-girl with the mouth of a sailor and the face that sunk a thousand ships, the wonderful May McFettridge is back for a record breaking 32nd Grand Opera House season in this year’s all-star production of Cinderella.

So dig out your glass slippers, your carriage is arriving and get booking for Northern Ireland’s biggest panto of the year.

With an award-winning creative team at the helm an almighty 35,000 tickets have already been sold for this Christmas laugh-out-loud night of fun and frivolity. Children and adults alike will enjoy stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses with Belfast’s favourite Fairy Godmother in this rabble-rousing show.

This year May is joined by Paddy Jenkins who was last seen on the theatre stage as Baron Hardup in Give My head Peace. Also returning to the Grand Opera House following his appearance in last year’s sell-out Goldilocks and the Three Bears is Adam C Booth who plays Buttons opposite Kia-Paris Walcott in the title role.

Jo Donnelly, who played one of the three bears last year, is joined by Jolene O’Hara as the vile Evil Stepsisters, and Lisburn’s Gyasi Sheppy plays Dandini. Completing the line-up is Conor Headley, originally from Lurgan who will play Prince Charming.

*May McFettridge and long-term sidekick Paddy Jenkins*

The Grand Operra House’s chief executive Ian Wilson said: “Northern Ireland’s biggest Christmas show warrants a top-drawer cast and the best creative team to bring alive from page to stage the most magical pantomime of them all.”

So, you’ve heard it from the big-wig, you’ve most likely witnessed it yourself, if not, get booking and be prepared for a panto that’ll entertain kids of all ages… and be warned ladies, please get yer roots done!

Cinderalla runs at the Grand Opera House from December 3rd to January 15th, 2023. For booking details visit or simply phone the box office on 02890 241919

You just know you’ll have a ball!

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