"Everything Cinders Should Be"

A most traditional panto, Cinderella has the lot - pathos, comedy, romance, and tragedy and in this production slapstick, excellent dancing and pure Christmas card magic. The audience collectively had a sharp intake of breath at the sight of Cinderella in her ball-gown climbing into her crystal coach drawn by the most lovely pair of white Shetland ponies as the snow fell. It was just magical. As a very talented cast sang and danced their way through this story with much elan and a lot of laughter, Buttons had all the support the audience could give. The production was enhanced by Clare Brenton's outstanding Cinderella, a wonderfully camp Court Chamberlain and a superb Fairy Godmother (with a passing fancy for gin!) Even the hardworking band, under the musical director Simon Burveill, found time in the interval to change and to reappear in costume for the second Act!

If there was a blip, it was whether the ugly sisters were called Clementine and Gertrude or Buttercup and Daffodil.

Jan Foster also writes for Curtain Call