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Ore Oduba set for role in Croydon’s Cinderella

EXCITED: Ore Oduba can’t wait
to play Dandini in the Imagine Theatre and Fair eld Halls’ take on Cinderella this pantomime season

ORE ODUBA will be making his pantomime debut as Dandini in this year’s family pantomime, Cinderella at the Imagine Theatre and Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

The Strictly Come Dancing winner will play in the world-class 1,802 seat Phoenix Concert Hall from December 10 to January 5 and will be one of the highlights of an eclectic autumn/winter season at the newly relaunched venue.

Oduba will be joined by comedian Tim Vine as Buttons and CBeebies presenter Cat Sandion as Fairy Godmother, and a team of talented youngsters from Croydon and the surrounding areas, who were selected after a busy open audition at Croydon town hall last month.

Producer and Imagine Theatre managing director Steve Boden said: “We had a fantastic turn-out for the juvenile chorus auditions for Cinderella, with over 130 children attending.

“It was great to see so many people wanting to be part of our pantomime at the Fair eld Halls this Christmas.

“We had the very difficult job of whittling it down to just 24 children as the standard was so high. There is a lot of talent in Croydon. We are very happy with our choices and we would just like to thank everyone who came along for being so brilliant and encourage them to please try again next year.”

Oduba said: “I have been wanting to do pantomime for a long time and when this opportunity came up I just couldn’t say no.”


“Not only is it alongside two of my pals, Tim and Cat, who I have worked with before, but I also can’t wait to appear in the first pantomime at the newly refurbished Fair eld Halls. Although it’ll be a new experience for me, many people will know I’m rarely happier than when I’m on stage singing and dancing.

“And, of course, anyone who’s seen me and Craig Revel Horwood on the Strictly Live Tour (often in a precarious position!) will know I do love a bit of panto. With this cast and creative team – and some amazing audiences in Croydon – I know there will be a lot of laughs along the way. I can’t wait to get started.”

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