Each year, we’ve found that the Panto at the Hippodrome is up there with the best of all Christmas traditions and we are really pleased to say that this year, Cinderella is another resounding success.
Everything about the experience is just pure entertainment; from the costumes and the spectacular set, to the performances on stage – everything about it is just magical.
Whilst waiting for the show to start, the stage and curtains are covered in stars and glitter, with the occasional shooting star helping to build anticipation and adding to the wonder. Then it starts, and the show is fast-paced with musical number following comedy sketch following musical number and the audience is captivated from the first moment.
Beverley Knight is perfect as the Fairy Godmother, performing some wonderful songs and helping to guide the familiar story along. Danny Mac is an excellent Price Charming and he delights the audience with some of his famed ‘Strictly’ dance moves. Suzanne Shaw as Cinderella is very sweet, although we don’t see that much of her.
The show’s best moments, however, come from the comedic elements and there are certainly plenty to choose from. The grotesque but hilarious ugly sisters – Voluptua and Verruca Hard-up – played by Ceri Dupree and David Dale have an array of absurd costumes and are excellent as the villains of the piece. The Grumbleweeds play The Broker’s men, pursuing the Hard-up sisters for tax evasion, and make the audience laugh whenever they appear.
The main man however, as it was last year (and the previous few years!), is Matt Slack who appears this year as Buttons. He is just awesome! He had the audience in tears of laughter and the Panto just wouldn’t be the same without him.
Cinderella runs until Sun 28th January 2018 and there are a number of concessions on offer for groups and families. It really is worth the battle through the traffic and crowds to get into town to see this.
by Louise Oram