Churchill Theatre, Bromley
3 December 2013 – 5 January 2014
Reviewed by Emma Rogers
Cinderella tells the typical pantomime story of a pauper girl, taunted by her ugly sisters yet still ends up with the handsome prince. The Churchill Theatre’s performance of Cinderella is excellent entertainment for the whole family, and for anyone who has been to recent pantomimes at the Churchill before, won’t be disappointed by this year’s production.
You will recognise Eastenders’ Matt Lapinskas as Prince Charming, CITV’s Anna Williamson as Cinderella, and Andrew Agnew (PC Plum from Balamory) as Buttons. The extensive cast were on top form and raised a few smiles with the ugly sisters, especially as they ad-libbed at the beginning of the show. There wasn’t a weak cast member, and the dancing (as provided by local dance groups) was spot on. The adults in the audience were also provided for with a few situation jokes, and I especially found the PJ and Duncan song at the beginning (I won’t spoil it for you!) raised a smile! The pantomime has all the usual jokes, with the water pistols, sweets being thrown in the audience and the usual “It’s behind you!” The story is brought up to date with the few topical jokes, but by far one of the nicest surprises comes right at the end when all the children responded to two guests on stage with a giant, “ahhhh….” Even Mums and Dads will think it a genius move.
The set design and costumes are extraordinary. This is certainly a show for children with the songs, glitter, dancing and interaction with the audience. Adults will come away with their ears ringing due to the shear screams of the children as they shouted at the characters on stage, who were completely involved in the show. The only downside of the show for me was the length. The show finished at 8:40pm, which made a lot of the younger children restless and tired.
Why should you go and see this panto? It is probably one of the better shows you are likely to see this year and will keep the children entertained throughout. It is probably more a show for children under the age of 7 and their parents.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £44.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Cinderella is showing at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley until 5 January. To book your tickets click here.