Box office: 01268 205 300

Towngate Theatre and Simon Fielding Ltd are delighted to present


Our ★★★★★ award-winning panto team return with this magical show for 2023-24!

Following the 5-star success of The Panto Adventures of Peter Pan 2022-23, our spectacular panto for 2023-24 will the fairytale story of Cinderella! We’ll be sure to sweep you off your feet with magic and have you rolling in the aisles with laughter, with our sparkling adventure for all the family!

Our award-winning, critically-acclaimed pantomimes are the jewel in the crown of Essex, with our talented panto team winning multiple Great British Pantomime Awards over the years and being awarded 5 star reviews across the board on our previous productions.

Our legendary baddie, Sophie Ladds, returns as the ultimate female panto villain – the Wicked Stepmother! Our hilarious dame, Ian Hallard, returns for this third year running – he’ll once again be popping on his fabulous frocks and wacky wigs as one of the Ugly Stepsisters. Stewart Briggs joins us as Ian’s fellow Ugly Stepsister, alongside Alice Hoult as our fairytale Cinderella. Completing the panto dream team will be Luke Ward-Wilkinson as our cheeky Buttons, Jack Speck as our dreamy Prince Charming and Aaron Bladen as our mischievous Dandini.

And of course our Basildon favourite, Simon Fielding, will once again be overseeing this enchanting production as our Co-Producer and Director, bringing his renowned panto magic to every performance.

With stunning scenery, colourful costumes, dazzling dancers and a fantastic live band at every performance, each show is a non-stop, musical extravaganza that is not to be missed!

After the record-breaking success of The Panto Adventures of Peter Pan, we would strongly recommend booking early for Cinderella as we are predicting another sold-out sensation!

Family ticket discounts are worked out automatically online. For groups of 10 or more or for School Reservations, please contact the Box Office on or call us on 01268 205 300. A ticket must be purchased for all children attending a performance of the pantomime, regardless of their age. It has always been our policy that we do not recommend bringing children under 3 to our pantomimes.

Relaxed Performance: Carers Go FREE on Tuesday 5 December 2023, 5pm

Please note that this performance will be a Relaxed Performance, which is suitable for children and adults with learning difficulties, are on the autism spectrum, or anyone who may benefit from a performance in a more relaxed environment. This performance is open to everyone, however there will be a calmer setting for the performance and the theatre to suit the occasion. During our relaxed performance the theatre announcements will be minimal to none, the house lights will stay up at around 50% and many of the bumps and jumps throughout the performance will be edited so that the performance is accessible to all.

Carers/Companions assisting people who require the Relaxed Performance are eligible for a free ticket to this performance. This performance is unavailable to book online, please call 01268 205 300 or email to book tickets.

You can view and download our Relaxed Performance Pack here.

10th December 2023 - 2nd January 2024

Tickets from £13.50

Recommended for ages 3+

Running time approx 2 hours 30 minutes

Book now

Choose date and time:

Tuesday 12th Dec5:30 pm
Wednesday 13th Dec5:30 pm
Thursday 14th Dec5:30 pm
Friday 15th Dec5:30 pm
Saturday 16th Dec11:00 am3:00 pm7:00 pm
Sunday 17th Dec12:00 pm4:00 pm
Wednesday 20th Dec5:30 pm
Thursday 21st Dec1:00 pm5:00 pm
Friday 22nd Dec1:00 pm5:00 pm
Saturday 23rd Dec1:00 pm5:00 pm
Sunday 24th Dec11:00 am3:00 pm
Tuesday 26th Dec12:00 pm4:00 pm
Wednesday 27th Dec1:00 pm5:00 pm
Thursday 28th Dec1:00 pm5:00 pm
Friday 29th Dec1:00 pm5:00 pm
Saturday 30th Dec1:00 pm5:00 pm
Sunday 31st Dec11:00 am3:00 pm
Tuesday 2nd Jan12:00 pm4:00 pm


Seen it? Loved it? Tell us about it!

Critical acclaim for The Panto Adventures of Peter Pan 2022-23

“A truly talented line up with some totally knock out performances
“Be prepared for lots of gasp out loud as well as laugh out loud moments”
“A fabulous festive treat to remember”


Fantastic entertainment for all the family
Spectacular flying scenes”
“A brilliant showdefinitely one to see this year”

Dramacomedy and jazz hands in equal measure in this lively reworking of the JM Barrie classic”
Bold musical choices… electric dance sequences”

“Bursting with funfrivolity and festive cheer
“This was an amazing show, extremely funny and fantastical
“This is a show that captures your heart and reminds us that we all have the capability to fly

“Another triumph at the Towngate”
“A feast of entertainment
“Aside from the talents of a superbly-choreographed cast – the staginglighting and music is top class