King George’s Hall, Blackburn
11-31 December 2013
Reviewed by Louisa Nashir
Having never been to a pantomime in the 30 years I have been on this earth I jumped at the chance when I was recently invited to go to the King George’s Hall in Blackburn to watch and review the much loved classic Cinderella with my family.
Travelling from Eccles to Blackburn was a doddle as we drove and we found the place with ease as it was signposted very well.
Once parked in the multi-storey car park we strolled over to the Hall and collected our tickets from the lovely receptionist and made our way up the stairs to the balcony level to find our seats.
Staff were on hand to show us to our seats and once we were seated we all used the loo and took in our beautiful surroundings.
The hall is breath-taking with high ceilings, decadent interiors and was extremely well presented. Each seat in the hall had a phenomenal view of the stage and the setting was intimate.
Even though it was busy it did not feel cramped or uncomfortable.
Shortly after the lights dimmed and the music started and the room was so atmospheric and there was a real rush of excitement within the hall.
The show started with Buttons and Poppy Cat (of Nick Jr) deciding which tale to tell and once they had decided on Cinderella they told us where Cinderella got her name and told a few jokes.
The story of Cinderella is well known and the writers and actors all performed brilliantly.
Each character delivered their lines, songs and dances perfectly and our girls didn’t move a muscle for the entire performance.
My particular favourites were the Ugly Sisters who brought a lot of comedy into the panto and had the audience Booing and heckling at the right moments.
The set changes between scenes were done so gracefully and took each scene to a whole new level.
The whole pantomime is filled with song, dance and a few tongue in cheek jokes which were fantastic and had the adults giggling away to themselves.
I must give a mention to the actor who played Uni the Unicorn, he had such an elegant stage presence and his aerial acrobatics were unbelievable and our eyes were glued to him.
We are so glad we went to see Cinderella and without a doubt would return to King George’s Hall as the place is a real beauty.
Tickets cost from £6 to £42.
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