A special virtual pantomime is heading to BBC Two, with a crowd of famous faces taking part in Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime For Christmas.
The hour-long festive treat will see Olivia Colman (The Crown) make her panto debut as Fairy Godmother, alongside an all-star cast including her on-screen sister Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Devilia, Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen) as Buttons, Tom Hollander (Us) a Baron Hardup and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) as Cinderella.
Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page will play Prince Charming, with Jimmy Akingbola (In The Long Run) as Dandini and hilarious real-life siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper (This Country) as The Evil Step Sisters.
The pantomime will also be brought to life by the original hand-drawn illustrations of Quentin Blake and will be packed full of surprises and cameos, including a hugely famous person in a very unconvincing horse costume.
Viewers will also have the opportunity to donate to Comic Relief projects, if they are able to, which work to help people living with hunger, struggling with their mental health, or feeling lonely or unsafe this Christmas.
Richard Curtis, Executive Producer and Founder of Comic Relief, says: “We’re hugely grateful to BBC Two and the amazing cast for allowing us to do our first ever pantomime. 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, added: “This is 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.”
Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas will be broadcast on BBC Two on Thursday 24 December at 8.15pm.