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Cinders in Sheffield

Published by: Paul Tyree on 12th Dec 2012 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree



Fri 7 December 2012 – Sun 6 January 2013

Presented at Lyceum
Running time: 2 hours 25 mins (including an interval of 20 mins)

The best Panto ever? Oh yes it is! Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes….. you get the idea…..and yes it probably is!

Sure to take Sheffield by storm the latest Sheffield Theatres and Evolution Pantos production is by far and away the best panto that I’ve ever seen. All of the audience were buzzing with the excitement of seeing a panto that was not only truly funny but graced by some fantastic performances and truly wonderful special effects. Everyone had the most marvellous time and you could see how much the performers were enjoying it too.

Damian Williams, fast becoming a theatre great, was the true star as Buttons and dare I say even better here than his normal star turn as the Dame. Seemingly channelling Tommy Cooper he steered the evening towards heights very rarely hit before by Panto. Jonathan Ansell of G4 fame was surprisingly effective and his voice was magnificent throughout as was Kate Quinell’s as Cinderella.

In fact all of the cast were magnificent and truly pushed themselves to give us the best night possible. Writer Director Paul Hendy should therefore be truly proud of this production. The gags were fresh and topical, we even had a Gangham style number which was hilarious.

My daughter also said it was the best panto she’d ever seen and even at the tender age of 9 she is a bit of a seasoned panto watcher so that’s compliment indeed.

If you can take your children to any panto this year I would advise you to make it this one. In these dark depressing times of austerity this is worth its weight in gold.

Until Sunday 6 January 2013 Book Tickets


The Lyceum plays host to a huge variety of touring productions every year, including large-scale musicals, drama, children’s shows, opera, ballet and contemporary dance.
With over 1000 seats, the Lyceum is a beautiful late 19th Century building located on Tudor Square, close to the Crucible Theatre.

  • 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Box Office: 0114 249 6000



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