Writers: Phil Lowe &David Bown
Musical Director: Nick Lacey
Director: Phil Lowe
Reviewer: Rosie Revell
What do you get when you combine a hero, heroine, classic rags to riches story, men dressed as women and women dressed as men, an evil stepmother, a fairy godmother, magic, lashings and lashings of glitter and more cheesy cheese jokes than should be allowed on one stage?
Harrogate Theatre’s Cinderella kicked off the festive season in wondrous style with their self -styled “truly traditional pantomime”. One of the most popular and enduring pantomimes; Cinderella has been delighting audiences, especially little girls, since its London debut in 1904. The story is as familiar as an old shoe, or should that be glass slipper? Cinderella (Lucy-Jane Quinlan)and her devoted but dim-witted friend, Buttons (Tim Stedman) live with her wicked stepmother (Maxine Fone) and two ugly step sisters (Philip Stewart and David Westbrook), who have just returned from finishing school just in time for Prince Charming’s (Colin Kiyani) grand ball, where he intends to find his future wife.
The whole show positively bounces along much to the audience’s obvious delight, and audience participation is a huge part of this production. Ably holding all this together is Stedman’s daft but infinitely loveable Buttons. Now in his 15th Harrogate Theatres pantomime, Stedman delights as the bouncy but totally daft hero. The bad jokes, especially those of a cheese variety, are in very good hands. The rest of the cast do a great job and special mention should go the ugly stepsisters Stewart and Westbrook who camp it up as the sisters the audience loves to hate, in a variety of show stopping over the top Harrogate themed outfits.
The rag to riches tale of Cinderella is told beautifully and to the obvious delight of the little wannabe princesses, and their parents, in the audience the transformation of Cinders into Princess Mysteria by her own fairy godmother (Katy Dean). The transformation of the carriage and the mice and lizard into footmen is a Disney-heavy treasure complete with favourites ‘Let It Go’ and ‘The Climb’
If you like your pantomimes traditional and great fun this is the show for you, a festive delight for the whole family with plenty to boo, hiss and laugh along with.
Runs until: Sunday 18th January 2015