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By Solange Kindermann and based on Greyman's Panto and Road Dahl's poem 'Cinderella'.

Age group:

Adults and children.


9 people. Cinderella, Prince Charming, 2 Ugly sisters, Servant, Evil Stepmother, Fairy Godmother, Valet, Narrator.


30 - 40 minutes (this depends on how well cast the play is).


Humorous Christmas / fairy tale play.


It is up to you, the more outrageous the better.


It is very important that all dialogues are enunciated very well and very slowly so everybody can understand. Do not allow actors 'rush' the play.

Make it as amusing as possible;

  • the 'twins' (Ugly Sisters) should be completely different from one another; one short and one tall, for example one Chinese and one Anglo-Saxon or African.
  • The Evil Stepmother should be dressed more or less like a witch.
  • When Cinderella enters the last scene she must be wearing her ball dress already with a large cape over it; so that when the Fairy flicks her wand she just slips off the cape and she is ready for the ball.
  • The Fairy Godmother could be dressed in a tuxedo or the traditional long dress.
  • Also, you may want to keep the names of your facility's 'stars' incognito so the residents can have fun guessing who's who!

Remember to speak slow and pronounce every word correctly and poetically whenever needed.


Narrator welcomes guests:
Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen! We are going to present the story of 'Cinderella', starring our fabulous in-house stars: Bella and May as the Ugly Sisters and the enchanting Shirley as Cinderella; the nasty wicked stepmother could be no one else but Sister Helen. Could you please put your hands together for 'Cinderella'!

After some soft music in the background the narrator continues:
( slow and loud enough for all to hear)

A long time ago, in an ancient castle lived a kind man, his wife and a beautiful daughter; Cinderella. One day the Queen died and the man married an evil woman who had two daughters. The evil step mother and her daughters took an instant dislike to Cinderella and if you think you know this story; let me assure you, you don't:

The real one is really gory...
The phoney one, the one you know,
Was cooked up years and years ago,
And made to sound all soft and sappy
Just to keep the children happy...

As the narrator ends his talking the two sisters enter the stage very coquettish carrying lots of shopping bags:

Sister: Hi, my name is Lucrezia and this is my sister Rozelba. We have been sisters all our lives. In fact we are twins, only mother can tell us apart.
Rozelba: I wanted to be a supermodel but I was deemed too beautiful! Now I am a dancer (starts dancing)
Lucrezia: I was invited to be a Playboy bunny because of my fabulous figure!
Rozelba: The good thing about being twins is that we have an almost uncanny telepathic
understanding, don't we?
Lucrezia: We do, darling! I only have to think of an animal and Rozelba knows what animal I am thinking of!
Rozelba: Let's give it a go...
Lucrezia: I am now thinking of an animal...
Rozelba: Is it a horse?
Lucrezia: No
Rozelba: Is it a dog?
Lucrezia: No
Rozelba: Is it a cat?
Lucrezia: No
Rozelba: Is it a hippopotamus?
Lucrezia: No
Rozelba: Is it cornflakes?
Lucrezia: No
Rozelba: Is it popcorn?
Lucrezia: No
Rozelba: Is it a gorilla?
Lucrezia: YES!

Lucrezia turns to the audience

Lucrezia: Didn't I tell you we can read each other's mind?

Cinderella is called.

Lucrezia: Cindereeeeella, I want tea and scones and chocolate cake and cucumber sandwiches!
Rozelba: Cindereeeeella, come here and bring your back side with you for a smack. Silly goose, can't
you see we are fatigued from having a good time!

The sisters' exit with their shopping bags and Cinderella comes with a broom and starts to sweep the floor.

Cinderella: I am so unhappy. I have no friends in this house except for a family of mice and the birds...

Enters the evil stepmother.

Cinderella: How are you dear stepmother?
Evil stepmother: None of your business! Have you swept the bird droppings from the patio?
Cinderella: Yes, dear stepmother...
Evil stepmother: Well, cut the lawn with your teeth, you lazy girl! Ah! Ah! Ah!

Enters a servant accompanied by a valet.

Evil stepmother: What is it Buttons? (Addressing the servant)
Valet:(Curtsying) I am Dandini, the King's valet. I bring here the tidings from the sovereign first born of a soiree this very evening to which eligible ladies are most heartily summoned!

Ugly sisters enter the stage tripping over each other.

Ugly sisters: (turning to Buttons) What did he say? Please explain!
Buttons: Prince Charming is having a ball at the castle tonight.
Evil stepmother: I will attend with my beautiful daughters!
Valet: Here are your three invitations.
Buttons: Excuse me, there are four ladies living in this house!
Evil stepmother: Nonsense, Cinderella doesn't count! She leaves a trail of filth and slime wherever she goes!
Valet: I am sorry madam but it is the King's express wish that all maidens should attend the ball.
He hands another invitation to the stepmother.
Valet leaves.

Evil stepmother and the Ugly Sisters in unison: How exciting! Let's get ready for the ball, but before that let's teach this idiot a lesson for bringing Cindy into the equation!
(They hit and kick Buttons and she leaves the stage screaming)

Cinderella: How about me?
Evil stepmother: You will be locked in the cellar! (Grabbing Cinderella and draging her off stage with her daughters trailing behind her. Cinderella screams for help).

Narrator takes over:
And so ...the Ugly Sisters, jewels and all
Departed for the Palace Ball,
While darling little Cinderella
Was locked up in a slime cellar
Where rats who wanted things to eat,
Began to nibble at her feet.

She bellowed 'Help!' and 'Let me out!'
The Magic Fairy heard the shouts

Appearing in a blaze of light,
She said; 'My dear, are you all right?'
'All right?' cried Cindy. 'Can't you see?'
'I feel as rotten as can be!'

Cinderella enters the stage with a long cape and starts calling her Godmother.

Cinderella: Godmother! Godmother, where are you?

The Fairy Godmother enters the stage.
Cinderella: What took you so long Fairy Godmother? I want a dress! I want a coach! And earring and diamonds brooch! And silver slippers, two of those! And lovely nylon pantyhose!
Fairy Godmother: Don't give me a hard time! I warned you against a career in domestic service. I said to you: Lap dance! That's where the money is! But you wouldn't listen!
Cinderella: Shut up and use your wand! I am late for the ball! All done up, I'll guarantee the handsome Prince will fall for me!
Fairy Godmother: Hang on a tick until I give my wand a mighty flick.

Hocus Pocus
Tickety Tock
What Cinderella needs
Is a great beauty frock!

Cinderella, letting her cape falls to the floor, exclaims

Cinderella: About time, you fool!
Godmother: Remember dear, at the stroke of midnight you will revert to a vulgar domestic! Cinderella: Oh shut up!

They leave the stage

And so ... it made the Ugly Sisters wince
To see Cindy dancing with the Prince
She held him very tight and pressed
Herself against his chest.

The Prince himself was turned to pulp,
All he could do was gasp and gulp
Then midnight struck and Cindy shouted 'Heck!'
I've got to run to save my neck!
She runs out in despair
And loses one slipper on the stairs

Prince Charming enters the stage holding a slipper close to his chest.

Prince charming:
The girl this slipper fits,
I will marry in a tick.
I'll visit every house in town.

Until I've tracked the maiden down!

Prince Charming exits. The Ugly Sisters and Evil Step godmother enter the stage and sit down. Buttons enters and announces Prince Charming.

Buttons: His Royal Highness wishes to know if the slipper fits anyone in this house.

Buttons leaves the stage and Prince Charming enters.

Lucrezia: I will try the slipper, handsome! It will sure fit me!
But it doesn't fit.
Rozelba: I will fit me, my good-looking suitor!
But it doesn't fit.

Buttons enters holding Cinderella by the arm. Buttons: It will fit her, your Royal Highness. (He pushes her towards a seat)
Evil Stepmother: Cinderella, go back to your cinders!
Prince Charming: No, let her try the slippers.

The slippers fit.

Prince Charming: My bride!
Cinderella: My Prince Charming!

They dance to the sound of a waltz for a minute and exit.
Evil stepmother, Lucrezia and Rozelba stay on stage mock fighting, hitting each other; pulling, pinching and bumping each other.

And so they got married.
Their house was filled with smiles and laughter
And they were happy ever after!

Lucrezia addresses the narrator and says:

Lucrezia: No, your silly cow! The story is not finished!
Rozelba: Of course not! You don't know that I was that close to get it off with the Prince!
Bringing thumb and index fingers together to indicate how close she was.
Lucrezia: Bollocks! He spend hoooours with me and undreeeessed me with his eyes!
Rozelba: Liar, he called for security!
Lucrezia: Only to stop me from leaving!
Evil Step Godmother:
The truth is; you were both useless.
I've seen dung-beetle with more allure and poise.
I spend a fortune sending you two to an expensive finishing school!
And what do I get? Two clumping half-wits who couldn't master a burp in a Fizzy Lemonade drinking contest!

Prince Charming and Cinderella return to the stage.

Cinderella: What are we going to do with them?
Prince Charming: Off with their heads!

Evil stepmother, Lucrezia and Rozelba gather together in fear.

No, it is Christmas time, season of love and understanding.
Let's forgive them and sing a few Christmas carols.
We will employ them as servants when we get married.

Evil stepmother, Lucrezia and Rozelba: Oh nooooo!

They bow to the audience and Christmas carols starts.

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Laura 9th Dec 2020 Activities
Thank you all at Golden Carers, it is a brilliant site.
We are about to do 'Cinderella,' lockdown version - and just want to point out that in your list of cast characters, the evil stepmother isn't listed, unless I downloaded an old version.
Best wishes to you all and again
Thank you for so many great ideas!
Talita 22nd Dec 2020
Thank you for pointing this out Laura, this has been updated! How did your Cinderella Pantomime, lockdown version - go? We'd love to hear about it!
Christine 20th Jan 2020 Activities Coordinator
Hi we did our panto during December loads of fun was had by everyone who came and enjoyed it
Talita 20th Jan 2020
Thanks for letting us know Christine! This is wonderful to hear!
Susan 20th Jan 2020 Activity Director
Hi Christine
I am glad it was a great success I’m sure you worked hard to make it that way
Thank you for all your hard work
Christine 4th Sep 2019 Activities Coordinator
hi all just wondering what you all did for costumes for you panto.
Solange 4th Sep 2019 Diversional Therapist
Hi Christine, the costumes in a panto should be exaggerated as for a parody. having said that, the sky is the limits. Use what you have or can borrow. Good luck.
simonne 1st May 2019 Support worker
How long do you need to rehearse before ready to perform (estimation)?
Solange 2nd May 2019 Diversional Therapist
Hi Simonne, the more rehearsals the better. The rule of thumb is 6 weeks and a dress rehearsal the day before the performance.
Mandy 6th Dec 2018 Recreational Activities Officer
Hello everyone, i would just like to thank Golden carers for this fabulous resource. We recently performed one of the pantomimes 'Cinderella' and it was a resounding success. We made the front page of our local newspaper and our residents had a wonderful time rehearsing and making sets ect. Lots of laughter :) :) :) There is talk now on what our next production will be.
Solange 6th Dec 2018 Diversional Therapist
Hi, Mandy, I am thrilled that 'Cinderella' worked for you! Some of my best memories are from the end of year pantomimes. Congratulations on pulling it together! I do hope it got you some brownie points with the Management. Thank you for sharing.
Molly 6th Dec 2018 Activity Professional & Writer
I love this! Thank you so much for sharing, Mandy. How exciting you made it on the front page!! Sounds like a ton of fun.
Sandra 25th Apr 2018 Head Of Activities
Hi golden Carers, we are in London and we did the Panto for Easter as our home is very busy christmas time, our home is nursing we had two residents and carers and a relative it was so funny, we amuteurish filmed on a dvd, our boss sent it to the cqc our governing body as she thought the panto was fab. The activies room was packed. Keep up the great work. Sandra
Talita 29th Apr 2018
Hi Sandra, how wonderful to hear from you! So glad to hear it went well and thanks so much for letting us know! x
Lisa 21st Dec 2017 Carer
Thank you for your pantomime scripts staff at our home did Cinderella it went down a storm
Talita 22nd Dec 2017
This is so wonderful to hear! Thanks for sharing the photo, you all look fabulous!
Anne 20th Oct 2015 diversional therapist
Hey are you having a panto for this year. We have done the last two.
Debbie 13th Dec 2012 Lifestyle & leisure Coordinator
Dear Solange,our facility performed this pantomine today for residents and their families for their Christmas party. We added a few of our own lines mainly because people forgot but like everyone who has done this for their residents it was constant laughter for 30mins. We had a horse that galloped away on the prince and the prince was a female staff member who came out first dressed as an old prince and somehow found the fairy godmother who changed him into a younger prince after the ball and cinderella was our maintenance man. He had a daggy dress on with a velcro back so the prince could rip it off her/him exposing him dressed in a wonder woman's costume to wear to the ball. Our fairy godmother had to use 3 wands before she found one that worked and the ugly sisters had cushions strapped to their bodies so they had a huge bubble bottom. Our narrator was dressed as a half man half woman and we used a thong as the glass slipper. Our valet pretended to speak in french so the ugly sisters looked even more confused. Our prince mimed a love song to Cinderella.I can't wait for the new pantomines to come out next year. I think we will have staff knocking our door down to be a part of it. Thank you very much.
Solange 15th Dec 2012
Hi Debbie, I am glad the pantomime worked for you. I have always had very good experience with it. Yes we shall have some more next year.
Solange 29th Dec 2011 Diversional Therapist
Hi Donelle, this is also my experience; it doesn't matter how long you rehearse as long as everyone knows roughly what they are doing. Performers can use their wit and add to it to make it funnier. I am glad it worked for you as well. There will be another two pantomimes in the coming year. Cheers, Solange
Donelle 29th Dec 2011 Activity Officer
Hello Solange, our staff did this play for our residents christmas party, after only ten minutes of rehersing. everyone had so much fun and all the residents and staff laughted til they couldnt laugh any more. the next day residents were asking staff what pantomine were they going to do next year.
thanks we had sooo much fun
Solange 28th Dec 2011 Diversional Therapist
Hi Debi, well done! Some of our colleagues are shy to put on a pantomime but as you probably found out, it is all in the name of fun and not as much work as one thinks. Enthusiasm and sense of fun is all you need. I hope you got some brownie points with your management. All the best. Cheers Solange
Debi 28th Dec 2011 Lifestyle Coordinator
HI Solange & All, Just to you all know our play was fantastic! the residents roared with laughter as did staff & family members.It was areal comedy act,and the costumes outstanding, for example the Prince was dressed with a mullet wig, blue singlet, thongs and shorts. I recommend every one to have a go. Cheers Debi.
Solange 16th Dec 2011 Diversional Therapist
Good luck! Please do let us know how it goes!
Debi 15th Dec 2011 Lifestyle Coordinator
wish us luck the staff are performing this play tomorrow , i will let you know how it goes. :)
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