An actor will make her childhood dream of starring on her local theatre stage come true this winter, as she prepares to perform in the upcoming panto.

Charlotte Bradley, 25, might have moved away from her home in Waterhouses, near Esh Winning, to study acting, landing various roles on both stage and screen - but she will return home to County Durham this month to perform on stage.

She will be making her debut at Gala Durham, where she has been cast as the lead character in the venue’s pantomime, Cinderella.

The Northern Echo: Charlotte Bradley will star in Cinderella this winterCharlotte Bradley will star in Cinderella this winter (Image: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL)

Charlotte is excited to don her ballgown and charm audiences at the venue this winter.

Following its acclaimed production of Alice in Wonderland, Gala Durham will offer a new take on the oldest fairy tale of all time when Cinderella opens on Thursday, November 23.

In the magical land of No-Place Hall, audiences are invited to step into the enchanted world of Cinderella, where they’ll meet the hardworking and clever Ella or ‘Cinderella’ as her evil stepmother Lady Longbottom calls her.

With the help of her Fairy Godmother, her best friend Buttons and Pipsqueak the mouse, Ella will either find the love of her life or spend the rest of it running around after her stepsisters Monophobia and Philophobia.

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Charlotte studied Performing Arts at New College Durham when she was 16 and completed her degree at Newcastle College.

She then trained at the London School of Musical Theatre and has starred in an episode Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning series, How to Be a Person.

“My mum used to be a steward at Gala Durham when I was little,” Charlotte said.

“She used to take me to see all of the pantos there and I actually went to see Cinderella when I was five-years-old.

“It’s so exciting that five-year-old me went to see Cinderella and now 25-year-old me gets to play her. I cannot wait to spend this Christmas on stage at Gala Durham.”

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for economy and partnerships, added: “This modern re-telling of the classic story of Cinderella is full of magic and excitement.

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"Audiences can expect breathtaking dance routines, sing-along music and unforgettable moments as Gala Durham brings this timeless tale to life.

“We’re proud to welcome Charlotte to our stage. It’s fantastic for our venues to be able to showcase such great examples of home-grown talent.”

Cinderella, written by Gary Kitching and directed by Rachel Glover, runs from Thursday, November 23 to Saturday, January 6 at Gala Durham.