Gok and Brian head up Cinderella panto cast

Gok Wan (The Fairy Gokmother), Kathryn Rooney (Cinderella) and Brian Conley (Buttons) during photo-call for  the pant Cinderella at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton this Christmas. PPP-141015-123408001
Gok Wan (The Fairy Gokmother), Kathryn Rooney (Cinderella) and Brian Conley (Buttons) during photo-call for the pant Cinderella at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton this Christmas. PPP-141015-123408001
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Although it may be months away, the stars of this years Christmas panto at the Mayflower Theatre pulled on the spandex and big frocks to announce the casting of the show.

Comedian, television presenter and musical theatre star Brian Conley will return to the Mayflower Theatre as Buttons in Cinderella.

He will be joined by fashion expert, award-winning TV presenter, author and national treasure Gok Wan as The Fairy Gokmother.

Cinderella will be played by Kathryn Rooney, who shared the stage with Brian in last year’s production.

Her ugly sisters will be brought to life by David Robins and Martin Ramsdin, who have performed the parts together for the past eight years.

Brian Conley’s return to the Mayflower stage follows the success of Robinson Crusoe and The Caribbean Pirates last year, which saw Brian flying over audiences in a magical car.

Cinderella is staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the company behind last year’s Mayflower Theatre pantomime.

Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division, says: ‘Brian Conley is absolutely the king of pantomime and I am delighted that he will be joining us in Southampton for a second year.

‘With the sensational Gok Wan also confirmed for the show, this year’s Mayflower Theatre pantomime is lining up to be one of the most spectacular productions we’ve staged yet.’

Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Chief Executive adds: ‘I am thrilled that Brian Conley and Gok Wan are to star in our fantastic family pantomime this year.

‘Brian is truly a great all-round star, and for those who discovered him for the first time last year as Robinson Crusoe will be crying with laughter at his take on Buttons.

‘Gok Wan makes his second panto appearance in a role that suits him down to the ground.

‘Who else is the master of transformations?’

Cinderella runs at the Mayflower Theatre from Saturday, December 13 2014 to Sunday, January 4 2015.

Tickets cost £15-37.50, visit mayflower.org.uk