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Cinderella - first show .. 13 December 2014
Cinderella, Cardiff New Theatre, 2014/15 I know it's not the done thing to review before press night, but this is not so much a review as a celebration of a show that pushes all the right panto buttons (no pun intended) and a hearty recommendation to catch it during its five-week run at Cardiff's New Theatre.

The show runs until Sunday 18 January 2015 and you can find full booking information HERE, including details of a special 'relaxed performance' on Tuesday 13 January.

Cinderella is Lee's third panto and his Prince Charming is joined by:

  • Linda Lusardi as the Fairy Godmother
  • Sam Kane (who also directs) and Mike Doyle as The Ugly Sisters
  • Andy Jones as Buttons
  • former Welsh Rugby international Gareth Thomas as Dandini
  • and local girl, Holly Bluett, as Cinderella.

  • There is also a small but perfectly-formed (and extremely hard-working) ensemble - Shannan Cairns, Mitchell Harper, Sarah-Jane Howe, Charis O'Connor, Colm Tracey and Robyn Wilson - a band led by Musical Director, Michael Morwood, and the requisite group of Panto 'Babes', from the Lorri Guppy School of Dance and Performing Arts.

    This fabulous cast work brilliantly together, sharing the stage and the laughs and the huge appreciation of the packed houses they played to on their opening weekend in largely equal measure. All the expected elements are there, both in the content of this most traditional of pantos and its delivery, including a liberal scattering of topical references to its cast members and its location... my personal favourite being perhaps one of the more obscure (though not to my usual readership) when Prince Charming, noticing the Ugly Sisters making a sneaky getaway, channels an earlier Prince (of Egypt), and orders "Guards, seize them!" Loved it!

    For Lee, there is distinctly less swash-buckling and rather more clothing than we saw in Robin Hood last year, and though that may sound to some like a retrograde step, we are treated to more singing , more dancing and a demonstration of his natural comedic timing that had tears of laughter running down my cheeks... Lee's Prince Charming raises his personal panto bar once more, but then that's Lee all over!

    So, first impressions - sparkly, funny, family-friendly, high-energy, sparkly, loud, naughty, charming, happy-ending and did I say sparkly? And should you see the show? The beaming smiles on faces young and old as the house lights came up say a resounding YES!

    To avoid any more spoilers, I shall leave it there and simply share some of the production photos that first appeared in Wales Online on the opening Saturday of the run - see their website for the full Gallery.
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