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Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Glasgow (until Sun 6 January 2013)

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 7th Dec 2012 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

Glasgow’s King’s Theatre deliver another fairytale performance with an all-star cast in “Cinderella”.


Cinderella Glasgow Kings

If you are ever in doubt over the magic of Christmas you have only to step inside the King’s Theatre in December.  When the onstage fairy waves her wand and hundreds of children (and adults) around you gasp with delight your faith in all things good and magical and Christmassy will be restored!  The Kings Theatre has, once again, created a magical formula of laughs, songs, costumes, dance, glitter and downright silliness to ensure that everyone who experiences it leaves the theatre happier than they arrived.  Even in the midst of the post credit-crunch blues, that feeling is priceless!


Karen Dunbar leads a talented cast in the role of Mrs. McConkey (rhymes with donkey) / Fairy Godmother.  Karen Dunbar is undoubtedly the funniest woman in Scotland and seems completely in her element onstage in panto.  She delivers the Glasgow patter with fluid ease and the audience hang on her every word like Santa on his sleigh ... “laughing all the way”!  Ms. Dunbar also happens to have a great singing voice which is well exploited in this production.  Gavin Mitchell and Gordon Cooper support brilliantly as Pixie and Peaches (the ugly step-sisters).  Their characters were deliciously repulsive but this was backed up by superb physicality which the young audience particularly enjoyed.  Panto newcomers Des Clarke and Jenny Douglas delivered on all counts as Buttons and Cinderella with Ms. Douglas providing beautiful vocals to compliment the role.


Writer, Eric Potts, delivers a classic pantomime script with a combination of a gazillion one-liners backed up by a few brilliantly executed “gaps”.  The gaps are part of panto tradition where the writer sets up a situation and then leaves a ‘gap’ in the script for the actors to fill with ... whatever they feel like!  Watch out for the Honey Cocktail ‘gap’ in the second act ... I can’t remember having laughed so hard!  Fifteen minutes of pure ad-libbed joy!


From a production standpoint the audience get every penny of the ticket price in value with fabulous costumes, solid set and more glitter than a discount card shop!


Don’t miss your chance to catch some classic family friendly fun at The King’s this Christmas!

Review by Cameron Lowe 

Listings Info:


Friday 30 Nov - Sun 6 Jan 2013 (please call the box office for full details)


Signed Performances: Thu 13 Dec 1pm & Wed 19 Dec 7pm

Audio Described Performances: Wed 19 Dec 1pm; Fri  28 Dec @ 7pm

Captioned Performances Mon 17 Dec 1pm & Thu 27 Dec 7pm

Ticket prices: £9 – £25

Box Office: 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)

Schools and group bookings: 0141 240 1122




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