This was FAB.U.LOUS!
I had a Mummy and daughter date with my 5 year old to see Cinderella at the Hull New Theatre. The atmosphere was great, full of eager kiddies most of them glammed up as their fave princess. My little girl was excited to say the least and we were well and truly entertained from start to finish.
I’ll be honest, I’m not too keen on pantos normally; all of this “he’s behind you!” lark and cringy gags and jokes. But by ‘eck, did I laugh at this one!
Cinderella is the tale of dreams and wonder, and it didn’t cease to amaze. It was everything you want from a pantomime… lots of laughs, audience participation, brilliant dancing (from the Mums at least 😉) real animals and even a really impressive magic trick from illusionist Martyn James.
They included lots of well known songs that we couldn’t help but sing and jig along to, including “Come Alive” from The Greatest Showman and Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” which both of us absolutely loved!
The set was great; very detailed and well presented. The choreography, dancing and singing were brilliant, there was lots to see. The laughs were there for the grown ups too, thankfully most of them unbeknown to the kids but there were a few riskay bits that the kids were exposed to. I guess it’s normal for a panto these days.
There was one scary bit in the second half you might want to watch out for, where they showed a video of them walking through the forest. There were a couple of really young ones crying but this video was in 3D, so if your little ones are a bit sensitive to scary things just don’t get the 3D glasses or they can just close their eyes and hug you tight. We were warned about this before they played it and it was short lived so no-biggie.
The step sisters Claudia and Tess (played by David Dale and Tommy Wallace) were fantastic, their outfits fabulously garish. They were fun, energetic and they seemed to play their roles effortlessly.
Bernie Clifton, was one of the biggest names in the show. He played Cinderella’s dad; Baron Hardup, and was the source of most of the gags in the show, which kept both adults and kids laughing all the way through.
But it was Anita Dobson, playing step-mother; Baroness Angelique, who was the real star of the show. She was truly brilliant at her role; a typical meany and encouraged her daughters to be so too. Even though her hubby was alive and kicking, she was most certainly seeking a more flashy life and so she tried to palm her two daughters onto the prince to ensure she got to splash the cash. She tried to make sure that Cinderella didn’t get her chance, but thank goodness for Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, who was played by the wonderful Jocasta Almgill. She, along with Hannah Nicholas as Cinderella, gave outstanding all-round performances.
I can’t recommend going to see this enough.
It’s showing at Hull New Theatre almost every day until 30th December, so you need to book tickets pretty quick.
You can book online at hulltheatres.co.uk, by phone on 01482 300 306 or in person at the New Theatre and City Hall Box Offices.