Our local branch of Debenhams Birmingham was filled with cries of ‘she’s behind you’ yesterday (Wednesday 15 November) as unsuspecting Christmas shoppers were surprised by an exclusive appearance from the star of Cinderella, Ceri Dupree, who plays Ugly Sister Voluptua in this year’s festive spectacular.

The glamorous Ceri was spotted browsing the retailer’s vast shoe selection, beautifying herself at the make-up counter and picking out the perfect party outfit in countdown to the royal ball, much to the amusement of passing shoppers!

The impromptu appearance also saw selected shoppers win tickets to see the show in store as part of Debenhams #youshall campaign which aims to help shoppers find their ‘Fairytale Christmas’.

Rob Miller, store manager at Debenhams Birmingham, said: “It has been wonderful bringing a taste of the theatre to Debenhams. The surprise on shoppers’ faces when they saw cast members walking around the store was great, and to be able to give away pantomime tickets has been fantastic. Christmas is a magical time in Birmingham and we are delighted to have given a few lucky shoppers a Fairytale Christmas.”   

We can’t wait to welcome the faaaabulous Ceri back to Birmingham this Christmas in the fairy godmother of all pantomimes!

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients, Cinderella at The Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre runs from 19th December to 28th January. It will feature laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.