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Cinderella - The Alhambra - Bradford

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 20th Dec 2012 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK

 Cinderella - Bradford Alhambra


With a fake snowstorm blowing outside the theatre doors and carol singers inside singing the old Wizard Christmas Hit, I Wish It Could be Christmas Everyday, the atmosphere had been set for this lavish production of the most romantic and loved pantomimes, Cinderella.

Comedian, Billy Pearce seems to be part of the fittings and furniture at the Bradford Alhambra – this is his 14th pantomime appearance at the Alhambra.

Arriving on stage in a Segway his humour and wit was as quick as his entrance and he plays a brilliant part at Buttons: he could be Cinderella’s big brother.

The Ugly SistersThe ugly sisters, Nicole and Tulisa (Brian Godfrey and Ben Stock) looked like a cross between an explosion in a sweet factory and a paintball trip that had gone wrong such was their over the top colourful costumes. They even managed to make the Lady Gaga hit, Born This Way, sound like it had been written specially for them. They had some of the best lines in the pantomime too.

Lynda Bellingham glowed as the Fairy Godmother playing the part with a comic touch and adding some glamour to the show.

Brendan Sheerin make his entrance appropriately on a coach and played a superb part as Baron Hardup – he can dance too as witnessed with him dancing in a tutu with Buttons to the Bolero!

Cinderella's CoachBritain’s Got Talent was transformed into Bradford’s Got Talent with the ugly sisters watching from one of the theatre’s seating boxes. Of course Pearce won with the contest with a side splitting routine. 

The ugly sister’s pet spider, Webster appeared to grow in size every time he made an appearance; his final appearance was as a gigantic smoke-breathing beast which took over the stage. The special effects also included Buttons riding his motorcycle out over the heads of the audience, a fake snow storm over the audience and streamers cascading into the stalls. The special effects alone set this pantomime apart from other productions.

Afnan Iftikhar was captivating as Dandini and Christopher Drake and Hannah Grover sparkled as Prince Charming and Cinderella. All 3 had good singing voices.

The sketch where Buttons, the Fairy Godmother, Dandini and Baron Hardup sing the Twelve Days of Christmas was especially comical.

The panto moved at a fast pace holding everyone’s attention. With the dark winter nights and days ahead of us this show is the perfect pick me up to chase away any winter blues. It appears that Bradford has done it again with this entertaining and colourful family show.

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Runs until 3 February 2013


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Graham. Sounds like a classic.
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