Mercury Theatre to stream Cinderella pantomime this Easter

Last Updated on 9th April 2020

Mercury Theatre, Colchester is to stream their hit pantomime Cinderella this Easter weekend for the whole family to enjoy.

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Nerine Skinner (Cinderella) and ensemble. Photo: Pamela Raith

The Mercury Theatre Colchester are thrilled to announce that they will be streaming their most recent Mercury Pantomime, Cinderella, to the public via YouTube Premiere this Easter Saturday (11 April). It will go live at 3pm
offering online audiences a fun-filled, family-friendly treat to enjoy for free, from the comfort of their own home!

Cinderella was originally recorded in December 2019, when it was live-streamed directly to local medical and care facilities, including the Colchester Hospital’s Paediatric Unit, Balkerne Garden’s care home, and a number of local hospices and care settings, spreading festive cheer to those who were otherwise unable to attend in person.

The theatre’s Autumn/Winter season including their annual pantomime took place in their temporary pop up theatre venue, Mercury at Abbey Field – a magical 800 seat festival tent – while their building undergoes a £9.8 million redevelopment project. Cinderella has since been nominated in two Great British Pantomime Award categories including Best Show, and the Mercury now hope to spread the magic and sparkle of their record-breaking panto even further this weekend.

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Antony Stuart Hicks and Dale Superville in Cinderella. Photo: Pamela Raith

Mercury Theatre’s Creative Director Ryan McBryde said: “Every year our Christmas pantomime brings our community together to cheer the good guys, boo the bad guys, scream at the monsters and laugh at the chaos created by the slosh scene. It’s a magical, shared experience. To banish the lockdown blues this Easter weekend, as part of our Mercury Online programme, we‘re proud to stream our production of Cinderella, so that friends and families can watch and experience the fun and magic once again, together, but from the comfort of their own homes”.

The live stream is made possible by Digital Producer Ben Pugh and will remain on the Mercury’s YouTube page for one week following its initial premiere. The theatre will also provide a ‘design your own ticket’ template and a character-themed colouring-in sheet on their website, enabling family audiences to make an event of the stream at home while in lockdown. Viewers are also encouraged to tweet along to the premiere using hashtag #MagicToDo. Members of the cast, who will never have seen the show from an audience’s point of view before, are also expected to tune in and tweet along.

While all #MercuryOnline activity is free to its users, the Mercury hope that those who feel able to do so will consider supporting the theatre with a donation, either online at or by texting MERCURY to 70085 to give £5*.

The Mercury would like to thank the cast, crew and creative team of Cinderella, all of whom kindly agreed that this recording could be made available to the public during these unprecedented times.


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