Huddersfield actor Alyce Liburd is coming home for Christmas taking the lead role in the pantomime Cinderella at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Alyce, who grew up in Marsh and attended Royds Hall Community School, also performed with Woodhouse Musical Theatre Company and Huddersfield Light Opera Company in her younger days.

Cinderella, a new pantomime written by Huddersfield favourite Andrew Pollard, will open at Lawrence Batley Theatre on December 1 and run until December 31.

Director/choreographer Rachel Gee will bring together a cast of seven to craft a pantomime that will prove to be the perfect introduction to theatre for children and families.

Alyce joins other members of the cast who also starred in last year’s panto Jack and the Beanstalk.

Pete Toon returns to the role of Dame as Brighouse and is joined by last year’s baddie James McLean as Rastrick. The other returning cast member is Thomas Cotran as Buttons.

The other three cast members are Daniel Lacey as Prince Charming, Sonia Wrightson (Dandini/Danielle) and Shorelle Hepkin as the Fairy Godmother.

This award-winning pantomime is produced by the team at Lawrence Batley Theatre and sees the return of creatives including musical director Robert Cooper, lighting designer Chris Brearley and sound designer Jonathan Hudson.

Writer Andrew Pollard and Rachel Gee return to the creative team for Cinderella. Gee took on the role of choreographer and director for the first time last year at the venue and now she continues to lead the team for Cinderella.

Becky Atkinson, chief executive of Lawrence Batley Theatre, said: “We strive to showcase actors on our stage who look and sound like our audiences.

“I am pleased to share that all our cast members announced have natural regional accents, local to our theatre.

“We are so proud to be trusted by families to introduce their children to the wonder of live performance and pleased to welcome back audiences who have made visiting our pantomime their annual tradition.”

The panto runs from December 1-31 however there will be no performances on December 3, 10, 15, 18 or 25.

Tickets cost from £17-£26 and are available HERE