“Laughter from start to finish"

Panto is as much a part of Christmas as turkey and all the trimmings, so it's no surprise that families are flocking to Hull New Theatre for this years offering of Cinderella.

Promising to be ‘The Fairy Godmother of All Pantos’ the stellar cast is headed up by Lee Mead as Prince Charming and Rebekah Lowings as Cinderella, both perfectly cast with powerful vocals and brilliant chemistry.

Neil Hurst as Buttons was exceptional, not only hilarious with perfect comedic timing, but he has a belting singing voice too. Neil really pulled the show together, managing to make adults and children alike roar with laughter. I found myself crying with laughter at the ‘grownup’ jokes and slapstick silliness.

Speaking of slapstick silliness, Peter Peverley and Jack Land Nobel as ugly sisters Hernia and Verruca were fantastic. They bounced off one another; I’m not sure how they managed to keep a straight face through some of the more ridiculous scenes!

The casts ability to laugh with one another and ad-lib made the performance feel special and one of a kind, with just the right balance of family friendly comedy and jokes to go over the little ones’ heads.

The top-tapping musical numbers were a real treat with a combination of songs we know, reimagined for the show, and new showtunes too. All with brilliant choreography, which was performed particularly well by the ensemble, who moved effortlessly across the stage.

Alongside the talented cast, the traditional tale is brought to life by scenery reminiscent of illustrated fairytale story books, full of glitter and sparkle, enhanced only by the wonderfully intricate costumes; there’s no denying that you’re going to leave fully in the Christmas spirit.

At times the show felt a little rushed, particularly the curtain call. That said, I was enjoying a night out without my children, had they been with me I might’ve been wishing for a speedy ending by 7:20pm before they got too tired and grumpy!

All in all, Cinderella was a joy. The cast seemed to have as much fun on stage as we were having watching, we were treated to excellent musical numbers, brilliant comedy and a magical atmosphere.

This show was reviewed on Sunday 17 December 2023 and runs at Hull New Theatre until Sunday 7 January 2024. Find tickets here:

Review written by Mel Cooper


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