Reviewed by Bernadette Booth
We parked in the car park attached to the Guild Hall in Preston, 4 hours for £3.20 which we thought was good value. There are restaurants and pubs close by, so lots of choice if you’re taking the kids out for tea before the pantomime.
When we arrived, there was a real buzz of excitement both outside the theatre and then when we were seated waiting for the show to start. It felt like it was a full house, lots of families, but also plenty of adults like us, who didn’t have kids in tow.
As soon as the curtain went up, we were entranced. The sets were gorgeous, the lighting was fabulous, and the cast were outstanding.
The ever-popular story of Cinderella was told beautifully, there was heaps of audience interaction with both the children and the adults.
Cinderella was brilliantly played by Jade Natalie (known for her work on Nickleodeon) – she portrayed a very modern Cinders with great humour – a super role model for both girls and boys, plus she had the most gorgeous voice! Her true love, Prince Charming (Carl Tracey) was a superb singer and dancer and was exceptionally handsome, which was a bonus for the females in the audience.
Buttons (one of our favourite characters tonight) was played by Phil Walker. Hilarious, engaging, he really kept the audience buzzing.
Our favourite characters tonight though just had to be the Ugly Sisters (played by Funny Girls stars Jamie Morris and Tarot Joseph). They were a fab mix of slapstick humour for the kids and risqué jokes for the adults. After seeing this performance tonight, I would travel far and wide to see them both again. Genius casting. One of the highlights was Jamie Morris interacting with a man called Andy, sat on the front row. Absolutely hilarious, you have to see this show just to witness the style and elegance of Jamie and Tarot’s performance.
Also, watch out for the wolf in the wardrobe. Wonderful.
You absolutely MUST, MUST, MUST go and see this show, with or without the kids, it was West End quality, and one of the best shows we’ve seen all year!
Tickets cost from £18 to £22 (family tickets from £37 to £68). Booking fees may apply.
Cinderella is at the Charter Theatre in Preston from 6 December 2018 to3 January 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit prestonguildhall.co.uk or call the box office on 01772 804444.
The Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT | 01772 80444