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Orchard Theatre add Michelle Collins and Jayne Wisener to their pantomime line-up

PUBLISHED: 10:36 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:36 17 July 2017

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins

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Michelle will play the Wicked Stepmother

The Orchard Theatre has announced that Michelle Collins will star as the Wicked Stepmother in this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, alongside the previously announced Louie Spence.

Michelle made her television debut alongside Gary Oldman in Morgan’s Boy before going on to appear in numerous primetime programmes including Real Women, Sunburn, The Sleeper, Two Thousand Acres of Skye, the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning The Illustrated Mum and Doctor Who.

She then went on to star in EastEnders as Cindy Beale.

In addition to an early music career touring with Level 42, Marc Almond and Kid Creole, Michelle has also stared on stage in the musicals Daddy Cool and Never Forget, and appeared at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and in The Demolition Man.

Since leaving EastEnders Michelle swapped the Queen Vic for a different pub, to take up her role as Stella Rice, landlady of Coronation Street’s infamous Rovers Return. Michelle played the role for over two years before appearing in Casualty in a guest-starring role, Death in Paradise and Midsomer Murders.

Playing the Wicked Stepmother, the matriarch intent on ill-treating the beautiful Cinderella, Michelle will also be joined by Jayne Wisener in the title role and Phil Butler as Buttons.

Jayne Wisener made her professional screen debut as Johanna opposite Johnny Depp in the Tim Burton directed musical adaptation of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

She went on to make her professional stage debut in Parade at the Donmar Warehouse in London’s West End, and starred as Lauren in Channel 4’s comedy The Inbetweeners.

Joining Jayne in the role of Cinderella’s best-friend Buttons will be stand-up comedian, presenter, ventriloquist, writer, and actor, Phil Butler

Executive producer Jonathan Kiley, said: “I’m thrilled that Michelle, Jayne and Phil are joining Louie in this year’s pantomime. Michelle is so well-loved as a baddie we’re delighted she’ll be giving Orchard audiences something to boo and hiss at, and joined by the beautiful Jayne and hilarious Phil this year’s production will be packed full of laughter for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information and tickets visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 282054

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