Our panto has two four legged stars this year. The two ponies are set to be the ‘mane’ attraction in Cinderella at The Brindley when they pull the magic coach.

White Shetlands – Polly and Sunny – are owned by Ian Luckens who has been supplying panto ponies for more than 20 years.

The ponies are very well looked after and will be stabled at a qualified equestrian centre which looks after and transports them to and from the theatre on a daily basis – and of course they will get lots of treats on Christmas Day!

Cinderella runs from 12 December until 15 January at the multi-award winning Halton Borough Council venue. It stars 80s/90s singing sensation Sonia and Miss British Isles, Rebecca Lake.

They join Desperate Scousewife Charlie Griffiths, local theatre star, Andrew Curphey, Romford’s Rikki Stone, a veteran of numerous pantos all over the country and dame Connor Harper, who comes to Runcorn from London, to make his panto debut.

He will play alongside Peter Kosta, who will play the other ugly sister. For several years he was the official life-size Roland Rat, and the Channel Tunnel mascot Marcus Mole.

Prince Charming will be played by actor/model Christopher Pym, originally from Warrington, but working in London after hitting national fame after BBC1’s search for a Joseph, Any Dream Will Do.

Dancer Hollie Glossop from Sheffield also recently joined the cast.

Ticket Prices are Children £16, Adults £20, Conc. £19, Family Ticket £65 (2 adults, 2 children), Groups 20 plus £17, Schools £10 (One teacher in 25 goes free, no booking fee). Contact 0151 907 8360 and www.thebrindley.org.uk