#pantoreview - Cinderella - Mayflower Theatre

Cinderella – Fab-u-lous Darlings!

Laughs, thrills, and certainly some spills from Sooty, after all it is the Christmas Pantomime!

Loosely based on the fairy-tale we all know and love, this year’s Christmas pantomime of Cinderella at the Mayflower theatre was most definitely one to remember.

To start with, I must mention the costumes and make up of Craig Revel-Horwood, who played the wicked stepmother Baroness Demonica Hardup. It was simply incredible, although after watching him in drag, I don’t think I will ever look at him the same way again. The transformation from Strictly Judge to Baroness is scarily uncanny!

And speaking of Strictly, the show did not make it a secret that two of the main cast are from the hit ballroom show, as the baroness’s entrance music was of course the Strictly theme song and there were multiple strictly references. If I was to judge Craig’s performance in Cinderella, I would have to give it a most definite ten – It was a role he was born to play.

Let’s not forget the lovely Debbie McGee, who plays the Fairy Godmother, was also in a role that she was definitely born to play. The humour that she brought to the role was certainly panto-esque! It was a truly magical performance from her, that’s for sure.

However, for me, Richard Cadell stole the show! His role as Buttons, who acts as Cinderella’s best friend, was a truly thrilling character and he kept the story moving throughout the entire show. His slapstick acts made the show a true panto experience, and along with Sooty (and a guest appearance from Sweep) causing trouble, ensured it was a memorable experience for both old and new fans. His ability to joke and connect with the audience, as well as get them involved, and his comical interactions with just about every character on stage was truly fantastic!

Finally, I must mention their efforts at including aspects of the local area within there comedy sketches and acknowledging the local events.

All in all, it was a barrel of laughs, from start to finish. Even though the spotlight wasn’t quite on the characters of Cinderella and Prince Charming, it tells the story well. So, if you like a Christmas pantomime, that is fun for all the family, then I definitely recommend you go and see this. You will leave in tears of laughter.

You can catch Cinderella at the Mayflower Theatre until 2 January 2022. Tickets available from www.mayflower.org.uk

You can also catch my Interview with Craig, Debbie, Richard and Sooty on Voice FM on the Breakfast show Wednesday 15 December or listen again if you miss it!