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Cinderella - Theatre Royal Nottingham

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 10th Dec 2012 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK




Cinderella is still one of the most spectacular and romantic pantomimes and this new production which opened in Nottingham on Saturday is no exception.

The show begins with ex 3 Degrees lead vocalist, Sheila Ferguson gliding across the stage suspended on a gold circle. She must be the coolest fairy godmother seen in a panto, with her wit and magical powers she plays the part with relative ease.

Martin Ramsdin and David Robbins play the parts of the ugly sisters with costumes as colourful and cutting as their lines: “You look more like Dolce & Banana than Dolce & Gabana in that dress”. They even manage to incorporate the Lady GaGa track “Born This Way” into their act and keep it current by doing a brief dance to the PSY novelty hit “Gangnam Style”.

Adam C Booth plays a likeable part as Buttons; his style seems to be part Stu Francis and part Billy Pearce.

Aimie Atkinson portraits Cinderella with beauty and innocence. Of course the real star if the show is Eastenders star John Partridge who generates a huge cheer from the audience every time he enters the stage. He seems to be taken aback with the warm welcome, “I could get used to this” he enthuses with the family audience. With his boyish charm and cheeky smile he shone as Prince Charming.

Whilst he might be a newcomer to the panto season The Grumblweeds are old hands at this type of thing. Their comic timing is faultless and their jokes have everyone on their side. Playing the parts of The Brokers Men they managed to include some of their stage act into the show.

Their impersonations of Ali G, Ozzy Osbourne and even the Teletubbies were excellent. Robin Colvill’s send up of Cher was a classic moment with him tottering around the stage in a wig and 6” heels. The duo is still the masters of classic comedy.

The show has brilliant costume changes and is spectacular – complete with a flying horse that flies into the audience as it flies Cinderella to the ball amongst a snowstorm over the audience.

An entertaining show that brightens up these cold dark winter days.

Runs until Sunday 13 January 2013.


1 Comment

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