by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
Cinderella at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
The first Panto of the season has arrived, Cinderalla is at Belgrade Theatre in Coventry until Saturday 13th January and its GREAT traditional fun.
Regular Belgrade Panto writer, director and actor Iain Lauchlan is joined this year by fellow scotsman Greg Powrie and making his English panto debut. They are the “ugly” sisters (Dyspepsia and and much more twin like than they first appear to be.
Also returning is Craig Hollingsworth is Belgrade favourite as Buttons, a staff member of the household of the late Lord Hard-up.
Cinderella (Alice Rose Fletcher) has been mopping, sweeping, cleaning and tidying Hard-Up Hall while her step sisters are away on a jolly in their native Scotland. Her stepmother (Maggie Robinson) wants the whole household to be clean and tidy and ready for the sisters return.
Meanwhile Prince Charming, (Bethany Brookes) wants nothing more than to explore his future kingdom as commoner and demands he and Dandini (Letitia Hector) swap places and heads off for a walk around the Kingdom. The Prince witnesses Cinderella giving an old woman the last of her collected mushrooms and is immediately smitten with her. But Cinderella has to return home to look after her step family…
This is a fun and cheeky script by Iain Lauchlan with a mixture of the familiar and the new to the script, getting audience members on stage, sing-a-longs, shouting out and of course saying its behind you are all there. But this show plays on these expectations too allowing the audience to wonder what will really happen next.
The transformation scene for me was a real stand out sequence, with a beautifully realised horse and coach, other stand out scenes included the “ugly” sisters getting ready for the Palace Ball. I roared with laughter at panto dames beautifying themselves with the help of Buttons.
The sets are full on fantasy with cartoon black lines on chairs and tables, with the lighting particularly Christmassy and glitterballs above the audience.
If you are looking for a fun panto with a huge heart then this is the one for you! Tickets are selling fast so make sure you book yours. See Cinderella at Belgrade Theatre until 13th January: belgrade.co.uk/event/cinderella-2017-2018
I can’t wait to go back for Sleeping Beauty in late 2018!
This isn’t a sponsored post. I was invited to see Cinderella by Belgrade Theatre for this post and these are my own views.