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Cinderella, The Alhambra, Bradford

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 27th Dec 2017 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK

The Bradford Alhambra pantomime is rightly known as one of the best pantomimes in the country - this year it even opens with a song about the theatre with the lyric "at the Alhambra, the greatest of them all"

Yorkshire comedian and former Butlins redcoat, Billy Pearce is much apart of the Alhambra as its famous domes. Playing Buttons in his 19th performance here, this is a lavish West End style production, proving too that he is still the King of panto.

Coleen Nolan as the Fairy Godmother was all motherly and charm whilst her real life son  Shane Nolan eventually settled into the role of Dandini as the evening progressed.

The Ugly Sisters were a scream with costumes as outragous as their lines. Hernia (Graham Hoadley) and Verruca (Jack Land Noble) played their characters with a wicked menace.

Sarah Goggin as Cinderella appeared all youthful innocence and charm whilst Sam Barrett played Prince Charming as suave and debonair as you would expect with a chemistry between the two.

The traditional Bradford Sunbeams were present providing a youthful exuberance to this  captivating pantomime.

Of course you have to be as up to date as possible with the songs, so the Ed Sheehan hit Shape of You becomes Gonna Be A Prince Like You when Dandini becomes the Prince.

Special effects such as Cinderella's coach and horses riding out over the audience in the stalls and a life like 3D Forrest scene kept everything high tech and magical.

The scene where Buttons has a talking bear - Bertie the Bear from Barnsley was laughable as the bears mouth stopped working half way through the act, with years of panto experience Pearce carries on only to say at the end "that bear is going back to the shop in the morning"

Despite all the hi tech treats the simple slapstick routines seemed to go down best with the younger members of the audience which showed that sometimes you do not have to go above and beyond to get the best reactions.

With spectacular costumes, fast paced cheography and a wonderful story this was a regal, funny, entertaining and joyful panto. Bradford has done it again and raised the bar for others to follow.

Runs until Saturday 28 January 2018

www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

Telephone: 01274 432000

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