X FACTOR winner Ben Haenow will headline as Prince Charming in the Palace Theatre’s magical family pantomime, Cinderella.
Singer/songwriter Ben burst onto TV screens in 2014 where he won over the British public with his combination of down-to-earth charisma, self-deprecating humour and breath-taking vocal talent, going on to win the 11th series of the UK’s favourite talent competition, X Factor.
Introduced to the nation as the ‘Van driver from Croydon’, Ben then sailed through the arena auditions, shone at the rigorous bootcamp round and secured his place in the competitive Over 25s category alongside eventual runner-up Fleur East.
Ben continued to impress both the judges and viewers alike throughout the gruelling 10 weeks of Saturday night live rounds.
It was later revealed that from weeks four to ten Ben received the most public votes each week leading to the epic final where 9.9 million viewers saw him crowned X Factor winner.
Since then Ben has gone on to release a platinum-selling self-titled debut album, topped the charts, achieving the coveted Christmas No.1 spot with Something I Need and has collaborated with some of the music industry’s biggest names including Ed Sheeran, Queen and Kelly Clarkson.
Cinderella will see Ben make his pantomime debut starring as Prince Charming as he joins a stellar line-up including Emmerdale’s Sapphire Elia as Cinderella, returning comic The Man They Call G as Buttons and award-winning Ugly Sisters Dean Horner and Oliver Gray.
Pantomime producer Paul Holman said: “I am delighted to have secured Ben Haenow for his first pantomime. He will blow audiences away with his powerhouse voice, cheeky sense of humour and the exact amount of charm to make the perfect Prince.”
Cinderella is at the Palace Theatre in Redditch from Monday, December 9, 2019 to Sunday, January 5, 2020.