Magic seven is one for Neil

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Halifax’s Victoria Theatre has announced its first piece of casting for this year’s spectacular family pantomime ‘Cinderella’ with the return of the hugely popular Neil Hurst.

Neil will be back for his seventh year, this time to play the loveable Buttons. Buttons is the Hardup’s servant and close friend of the heroine Cinderella.

This year Neil has been working on ‘Memories and Melodies’ which premiered at the Victoria Theatre in March.

He is hoping to do a series of these magical matinee performances which are designed to appeal to the older audience who love theatre but prefer to stay in at night. The first one of these was hosted by Neil himself and starred the legendary Jimmy Cricket.

Neil also recently hosted the CAA Ball in London in front of many well known celebrities and over the summer he will be off to Clacton as part of their summer variety season.

He also has his own production company, Made Up North, which last year produced the critically acclaimed Last Five Years, and this May will be presenting the contemporary musical Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown.

Neil is a well-known face throughout Halifax. He was educated at Brooksbank School in Elland and also studied at Huddersfield University. He worked on ITV’s ‘All Star Family Fortunes’ as Vernon Kay’s comedy sidekick.

As well as having made over 500 appearances on the Victoria Theatre stage,he is an ambassador for Overgate Hospice in Elland which supports people throughout Calderdale who have life threatening illnesses, and their families.

Steve Boden from Imagine Theatre who are the producers of the pantomime says: “We are delighted that Neil is back for an incredible seventh year. As well as being a top class entertainer he is a huge part of the Halifax community and there is nothing more important than family and community at Christmas.”

‘Cinderella’ promises to be a magical festive treat this Christmas and runs from Saturday December 12 to Sunday January 3 2016.

After a hugely successful run with the pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ last year the theatre is recommending early booking to ensure that families bag the performances and seats they would prefer.

For more information or to book tickets please contact the Victoria Theatre box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk