It’s Christmas at Lighthouse and Cinderella is running late – who can we call to get her to the ball? 

It has to be Morebus, of course, and once again Lighthouse is teaming up with the local bus operator as its official travel partner in this year’s very special family Christmas show Happy Ever After. 

Written and directed by CBeebies’ Chris Jarvis, who also appears as Buttons, the story follows a host of well-known pantomime and children’s storybook characters as they help Cinderella get to her next ball. 

The show will also feature popular CBBC presenters Naomi Wilkinson and Ed Petrie with the acting and singing talents of rising stars Harry Winchester and Lauren Azania and the dance talents of the locally based Steppin’ Out Academy. 

Lighthouse Chief Executive, Elspeth McBain says: “Lighthouse is delighted to be working with Morebus again, who are supporting our very special family Christmas show. It’s a great privilege to be at the heart of this community and, with the help of Morebus, we’re looking forward to a time when our audiences can come to the theatre and when we can all live happy ever after.” 

With people across the region enduring a difficult year, Morebus is keen to ensure as many as possible are able to immerse themselves in some make-believe holiday fun. 

“We have a long tradition of working with Lighthouse to help bring some festive cheer to Poole, and this year it’s even more important to ensure the show must go on,” says Morebus’ Joe Quinlan.  

“Chris Jarvis has written a wonderful story and we understand that many people will be celebrating Christmas on a shoestring this year, so we want to give them an extra treat to enjoy.  

“This is a double bonus because, not only will Cinderella go to the ball aboard our special on-stage bus, but people living in and around Poole will pay very little to revel in this wonderful spectacle.  

“As an established member of this community, we want to do our bit for the local economy this Christmas and we hope people enjoy what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience here.” 

Happy Ever After is on sale now and runs from 18 December to 3 January. For tickets and information visit 

Published 24 November 2020