About eight-freestyle and Contact Present: Cinderella

The Godmother of all pantomimes is BACK (now with added girl power!)

It's panto time and you shall go to the ball!

eight-freestyle's wildly popular panto returns with a girl-power spin on the traditional rags-to-riches tale of CINDERELLA! And this time, they’re teaming up with Contact Young Company!

The creative team that brought you the smash-hit ‘Robin Hood: The 80s Panto’ last season are back with the greatest fairy tale of them all. So, jump on board your giant pumpkin and join us for the ride of your life!

As ever, you can expect a fresh twist on the traditional as we follow Cinders fight for freedom from her cruel Stepsisters and their terrible fashion choices, marvel at the crazy inventions of Lord Stoneybroke, laugh along with Buttons and help the Prince find true love! All this set to an upbeat modern soundtrack of ballroom bangers from DJ Dandini!

Starring our regular cast of all singing, all dancing performers, it really is a treat for children of all ages...even grown-up ones!!

4 Stars

“This sing-along panto has something for everyone”

I Love MCR

5 Stars

“Everything a panto should be… a masterpiece of family entertainment!”

Manchester Theatres

4 Stars

“An absolute masterclass in 21st-century pantomime - bravo!”

What’s On Stage

Cast, Credits and Resources


Thank you to ITV for supporting Cinderella with the donation of costumes.


Lady Bushra - Veruca

Misty Chance - Hernia

Ella-Maria Danson - Dandini

Jordan Skelly - Lord Chamberlain

Kate Mitchell - Fairy Godmother

Rebecca Crookson - Cinderella

Red Redmond - Buttons

Steven Jackson - Lord Stoneybroke


Christmas Karaoke

15 + 22 December, Space 0

Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree with a night of festive tunes and karaoke magic!

Bring the laughter from the panto to the karaoke stage; share a chuckle with fellow audience members and performers as you revel in the holiday spirit together.

Join us after performances of Cinderella on December 15th and 22nd in Space 0 at Contact.

The fun doesn't stop when the curtain falls – it's only just beginning!

Performance + Price Categories

We're over the moon to present a range of performance categories for Cinderella at varying price points.

From dry events to adults-only shows (featuring afterparties!), as well as a variety of access provisions, there's something for everyone this panto season.

Keep reading to learn more!


Performances in Relaxed Conditions
  • Wednesday 27 December | 14:30

Please note, our performances in relaxed conditions are general admission. For specific seating requests, please contact Box Office on boxoffice@contactmcr.com.

BSL Interpreted Performances
  • Saturday 16 December | 19:00
  • Thursday 28 December | 14:30
Content Warnings

This show contains:

  • Haze
  • Flashing Lights
  • Loud Music
  • Reckless Punning
  • Outrageous Wigs
Captioned Performances

Performances will be captioned using The Difference Engine on the following dates:

  • Thurs 21 Dec 2023 3.30pm
  • Sat 23 Dec 2023 7.00pm
  • Wed 27 Dec 2023 2.30pm
  • Fri 29 Dec 2023 2.30pm
  • Sat 30 Dec 2023 2.30pm
  • Sun 31 Dec 2023 3.30pm

Please note, you will need a bring a device to access the captions, such as a phone or tablet. For more information regarding The Difference Engine, please head here.

Further Access Information

If you have any access needs you want to discuss with us, please call the box office Tuesday to Friday between 12pm – 10pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office on boxoffice@contactmcr.com, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms).

Learn more about access at Contact here.

Offers and Pricing

Group Booking Discount

Groups 6+ can enjoy 30% off all peak and off-peak performances.

Please note, this offer is available with our concessions rates, but is not applicable with other offers. Subject to availability.

Off-Peak Performances

£25 Full Price | £20 Under 35 | £15 Concessions + Front Row

    • Sunday 10 December | 11:00 + 15:30
    • Thursday 14 December | 19:00
    • Friday 15 December | 19:00
    • Sunday 17 December | 11:00
    • Wednesday 20 December | 13:30 + 19:00
Peak Performances

£30 Full Price | £24 Under 25 | £18 Concessions + Front Row

  • All other performances excluding off-peak shows (see above).

Dry and Adult's Only Performances

Dry Performances

Please note, no alcohol will be served during these performances.

  • Thursday 14 December | 19:00
  • Wednesday 27 December | 19:00

What is a 'dry' event? A dry event is simply an event with no alcohol. At Contact, we understand that not everyone enjoys being in spaces where alcohol is served. So, during our Autumn season, we're presenting a range of dry events to make sure that everyone feels welcome.

Adult's Only Performances

Please note, these performances are for adults (18+) only; the script is unaltered, but the space is just for grown-ups!

Following the performance, audiences are welcome to join an afterparty with Christmas karaoke in Space 0 at Contact!

  • Friday 15 December | 19:00
  • Friday 22 December | 19:00

Dates & times