BRITAIN’S Got Talent judge Amanda Holden praised Chipping Norton Theatre’s panto Cinderella after enjoying the show with her family on Saturday.

The TV star, who owns a cottage near Chipping Norton, joked with the cast: “You are definitely through to the next round.”

She added: “I thought it was completely magical, unique and very funny.”

Ms Holden met cast members backstage after the performance including Matt Pinches, left, who plays Buttons and Richard Croughan, second left, and Shaun Hennessy, who play ugly sisters Tutti and Frutti.

Stephen Birch, the theatre’s head of marketing, said they were pleased to welcome Ms Holden and added “She was really friendly.”

Cinderella runs at the theatre, in Spring Street, until January 6.

The theatre is celebrating 40 years of pantomime at Chipping Norton.