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Cinderella - The Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Published by: Steve Burbridge on 27th Dec 2012 | View all blogs by Steve Burbridge

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CINDERELLA - THE PLAYHOUSE, WHITLEY BAY

Following on from his hugely successful performances in Aladdin and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Steve Walls returns to the Playhouse, Whitley Bay, for a third consecutive year. Continuing in his regular role as principal comic, this year sees him play the part of Buttons in a production of Cinderella which includes star-names Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do) and Jennifer Metcalfe (Hollyoaks) as Prince Charming and Cinders, respectively.

As usual, Walls is a hit with kids and adults alike and demonstrates a talent for performing in pantomime which is second to none. From a comedic perspective, he is ably supported by Danny Jay and David Drewitt as the Uglies, Tulisa and Cheryl. Also seasoned panto performers, Jay and Drewitt complement each other perfectly in their roles as the mean, merciless and man-hungry siblings who set out to make their step-sister’s life unbearable. Making each entrance in an array of garishly fabulous frocks and wigs, their all-out awfulness to poor Cinders quickly ensures that they are on the receiving end of a barrage of boos and hisses.

However, in all the best fairy tales, good must triumph over evil and, ultimately, there is a happy ending in store for Cinderella thanks to her fairy godmother, played with aplomb by Sunderland’s very own Suzanne Richardson. Her West End credentials are utilised effectively and her vocal talents, combined with her wand-waving, rhyming couplets and determination to fight for what’s right, make her a formidable fairy godmother.

David Burton, as the bumbling Baron Hardup, and James Hedley, as a decidedly Geordie Dandini, complete the cast and add to the overall fun factor – especially so during an hilarious alternative version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. The routine was so physically demanding that I was worn out by just watching, yet their energy and commitment never flagged.

Add in the usual magical ingredients associated with the rags-to-riches story of Cinderella – a host of popular songs, high-octane dance routines, and a truly magical transformation scene with real Shetland ponies – and you have a lavish extravaganza that is sure to delight and entertain each and every generation of the family.

Cinderella is at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay, until Sunday, January 6, 2013. To book call 0844 2772771 or log on to www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk

 

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  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Steve. Great review. You must be all pantoed out by now, eh? Oh yes you are!
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