10 December to 8 January 2017
Reviewed by Debbie Lowndes
We visited the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent for the evening performance of Cinderella. Jonathan Wilkes played to loveable Buttons. He made the audience belly laugh and played the part very well with a modern spin. They even dabbed, you cannot get anymore down with the kids than that!! Alongside Buttons were they two ugly sisters, played by Christian Patterson and Simon Nehan.
All of the other characters were present, the dashing and handsome Prince Charming. The Fairy Godmother, known as Cupcake, was spreading her magic throughout the panto, she was funny too. Dandeany was played well and there was a camp vibe to him, which was great and amusing. Last but not least, the most beautiful and graceful Cinderella – a true princess?
The cast were accompanied by magnificent dancers. They were truly captivity, again the music and dancing was modern and fit well with the era. The performance was cleverly directed to fit all ages and I am certain that no one would have left the theatre saying that they had not had a great night. The dancing was well rehearsed and the choreography was fantastic. My the graceful dance of the performance for me was when Cinderella and Prince Charming met in the forest. Whilst they were falling in love, two unique dancers performed a lyrical to the back of the stage. This was so fitting and graceful. I cannot rave enough about the dancers they were done with it backflipping etc.
I had a couple of favourite scenes one of which was the carriage scene. This was so beautiful and all the little girls around me could not believe their eyes. You could see them looking on in amazement as the carriage and horse began to fly. It was breath-taking as the horse began to fly. Then there was another beautiful touch to this scene as the snow began to fall on the audience. This was so well thought out. To be honest there were many scenes to the pantomime which I felt were on another level. This is one of the best panto’s that I have been to for many years. It ticked all of the boxes, it was so funny that you never stopped laughing from start to finish. The dancers were in another level, professional, funky and elegant. The scenes, costumes and acting was fantastic and true to the story even though it was modern and up to date the odd old story of Cinderella was not lost.
They did a remarkable and funny take on the 12 Days of Christmas and got the audience involved. True panto style they got a couple of children on stage to perform a true panto song; worm at the bottom of the garden.
The ball was another good scene with amazing costumes. The final scene, the royal wedding, this did not disappoint. Well, what a panto! True family fun for the young and old. You must go and see this, get your tickets booked now or you may risk missing out.
The Regent Theatre is an ideal setting for the panto. It is easy to find, well signposted. There are many car parks dotted about with reasonable charges. The theatre is modern and stylish. There are a couple of bars. You could purchase sweets and popcorn. All refreshments were reasonably priced. Toilets were signposted well and clean. All staff encountered during our visit were friendly and helpful.
Well done everyone, what a panto. We will be back next year for sure. Best panto ever, cannot want for next year. I enjoyed it so much who knows I may even have to come back again this year as I do not think you would get fed up of watching. It a definite 5 star.
Tickets cost from £12 to £36 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Cinderella is at the Regent Theatre in Stok-on-Trent until 8 January 2017. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7649.
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP | 0844 871 7649