BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome has announced a galaxy of stars for this year's production of the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes - Cinderella.

Joining the previously announced Birmingham panto favourite Matt Slack, is Beverley Knight, Danny Mac, Suzanne Shaw, the Grumbleweeds, Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall.

Michael Harrison, producer and director, said: "This year's fantastic line-up will ensure another smash-hit pantomime for Birmingham Hippodrome in 2017/18.

"With so many stars across the worlds of music, theatre, dance and comedy, I am delighted we have assembled such a stellar cast for Birmingham's ultimate pantomime.

"Once again, there will be plenty of laughs, surprises and audience participation to look forward to, so audiences should book their tickets to the ball today."

Fiona Allan, artistic director and chief executive for the Hippodrome, added: "We are hugely excited to play host to Beverley Knight in her pantomime debut this festive season

"This year's line-up promises something for everyone and with the clock already ticking, it's never too early to start planning in some Christmas fun."

Soul diva and Midlands-born Beverley Knight will take up her first pantomime role as the Fairy Godmother.

Joining her in the role of Prince Charming is celebrated Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac and returning for his fifth consecutive pantomime appearance, Birmingham's favourite funny man Matt Slack plays Buttons.

Pop and television star Suzanne Shaw takes on the title role of Cinderella, while Robin Colvill and James Brandon, better known as the Grumbleweeds, will appear as the Broker's Men.

Completing the line-up is Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall as the Ugly Sisters.

Cinderella heads to the Birmingham Hippodrome between December 19, and January 28.