Timmika Ramsay, who will play Cinderella in the upcoming Pantomime at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, turned on the Hammersmith Business Improvement District (BID) Christmas lights in Lyric Square, Hammersmith last night, Wednesday 13 November. The Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Councillor Daryl Brown, joined Ramsay on stage.
The “switch on” was organised in collaboration with Hammersmith BID, which brings low emission LED Christmas lights to the town centre each year. The BID also raised money for a new initiative, Small tap, big change, which aims to combat homelessness challenges in the area. The group takes donations using contactless devices scattered throughout pubs, shops and offices in the Hammersmith city centre.
The Lyric has staged a panto every year since 2009. Joining Ramsay on stage in Cinderella are Shobna Gulati (Madame Meanie), best known for playing Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street and Anita in Dinnerladies along with Rhys Taylor (Fairy Fredbare) who’s recent work includes Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Union Theatre. Cinderella’s step-sisters will be played by Mairi Barclay (Topsy) and Lauren Samuels (Popsy). Jodie Jacobs (Buttons) returns to the Lyric stage after playing Bow Belles in Dick Whittington last year, and Gabriel Fleary, known for Don Quixote (RSC West End), Run Fat Boy Run and St Trinians will play the role of Bob the Prince.
Cinderella will open at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre on 16 November and run through 05 January.
The Hammersmith BID encourages the public to take a selfie with the tree in Lyric Square and tag them on Instagram and Twitter @HammersmithBID.