Reviewed by Lisa Cook
Last night I had a fantastic evening with my 7-year-old daughter watching Cinderella, I don’t know who was more excited to go, me or her!
The night of the performance, we got a lift into Sheffield City Centre and decided to get a taxi home. Based on previous experiences parking can be an issue as it is so expensive. But, I believe you can get a voucher from the theatre for discounted parking. The Lyceum Theatre itself is situated next door to the Crucible Theatre on Norfolk Street. It was built in 1887 and is the only theatre outside of London designed by the famous architect W.G.R. Sprague. The top of the theatre hosts a statue of Mercury, son of Zeus and there are over 1000 seats inside.
My daughter and I were intrigued to see how close the stage performance of Cinderella would be compared to the traditional tale Cinderella. Would Cinders live at home with her dad, step mum and two ugly sisters? Would she meet the man of her dreams and live happily ever after? Everybody could be a critic as the story is so well known!
Well, the Lyceum did not fail us. It was amazing!
As the lights began to dim and the music started, you can tell you are in for a treat. The musicians were in the boxes and their involvement was amazing, they were really in character along with the ushers getting everyone in the audience to cheer and clap. This really heightened the atmosphere making it electric. The lights on the stage came on and the show began. Wow!!!
We were introduced to the loveable Buttons and his special ‘button’ Phil Galagher from CBeebies Mr Maker. The beautiful fairy, who is still trying to earn her wand, played by Joanne Clifton from Strictly Come Dancing. The amazing serious Cinderella played by Evelyn Hoskins from Casualty and Holby City fame. Even though, as my daughter pointed out, she didn’t have blonde hair! The charming Dandini played by Ben Thornton. The gorgeous Prince Charming played by Oliver Watton from Casualty and Holly Oaks. Then there were the funny ugly sisters played by Matt Daines and the Sheffield legend Damian Williams. What a fantastic cast to start with! Then there were the very talented Connor Byrne and Tiffany Gaine on the Silks and of course the children involved.
The costumes themselves were amazing specially if you love glitter. Again, my daughter pointed out that Cinderella should be wearing blue, but I didn’t see a problem with that. The sets were terrific like they always are, the carriage was fantastic. Now for the performance itself, wow! Sheffield Lyceum you have done an amazing job yet again.
I loved to see how the story unfolded, and how Matilda stood up for Cinderella’s rights. This show is really well written and bang up to date with current issues, and topical jokes. I enjoyed the modern twist on a well-known panto. However, it’s great to see that the well-loved tradition of heckling remains and of course not forgetting the good old-fashioned Lyceum bench. That song never gets old. My daughter loved the dancing and music and wanted to look like a princess herself. On the downside, she thought it ridiculous how a lady would fall in love at first sight. I’m struggling to find a negative in this show. The cast and production team etc. did an amazing job, the show is of an exceptionally high standard. Tickets are expensive, but I would say well worth the money, and it would be great to see Damian in a slightly bigger role again next year.
If you haven’t booked yet I would advise you do, you won’t be disappointed.
Tickets cost from £15 (booking fees may apply).
Cinderella is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from 6 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, for more information or to book tickets visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 1DA | 0114 249 6000