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Cinderella at Greenwich Theatre – Review

James Keningale and Louise Young in Cinderella, Greenwich Theatre, photo Robert Day
James Keningale and Louise Young in Cinderella, Greenwich Theatre, photo Robert Day

Greenwich Theatre proudly presents Cinderella as their 2017/18 pantomime. Proud is the word that stands out to me. This is a must go to, not to be missed, one to be proud of pantomime.

For this version, writer Andrew Pollard has personalised it to Greenwich, making it very special to the local community, whilst remaining true to the story. It all starts off with Baron Halley (Cinderella’s father) who lives in Greenwich and invents amazing things. His performance is outstanding and with his skills he certainly has the stage in his hands. Such energy, talent and charisma!

Cinderella played by the beautiful Louise Young is mesmerising. Her sensational voice is uplifting and the extra charm that she has about her adds to the role of Cinderella. She is paired with Prince Charming, Michael Lanni whose voice complements hers perfectly, a great couple. You could feel the aww seep out of the audience when they fall in love. They are supported by a superb and very talented cast.

The costumes are amazing. Fairy Starlight (played by Michelle Hopewell) is in a blue sparkly frock, with blue glitzy shoes finished off with a silver buckle and a funky interesting blue hairdo. There are pink streaks in her hair and as it is nearing Christmas there must be a sprinkling of tinsel, just to add to the spirit of the season. A perfect outfit for Fairy Starlight whose job it is to help Cinderella go to the ball and find love! My 5-year-old boy points at one of the Ugly Sisters and shouts out ‘Mama look at her hat’. He was obviously taken aback by the costume designs too.

Buttons who is deeply in love with Cinderella makes several attempts to declare his love by saying ‘I love you’ to her. Buttons has great difficulty in saying these simple three words. Each time he tries, he gets that little bit closer, and with every attempt, my little boy who is sitting next to me is sent into a frenzy of giggles. I can put my hand on my heart and truly say I’m not sure which bit of the play is my little boy’s favourite, as he giggled, screamed and sang throughout. What I can say, is he thoroughly enjoyed it and I did too.

Cinderella:
Cinderella [DVD] – Starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett – Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
The rotations of impressive glitzy sets did not disappoint either. It certainly has its fair share of sparkle too. Nathan Long, the lighting designer, uses lighting in a very clever and smart way breaking down the fourth wall, drawing the audience into the play itself.

There is plenty of audience participation, from simple shout-outs to the finale with an auditorium singing competition. There is a lot of excitement and energy created, with the auditorium loud and buzzing! The laughs, giggles and shout-outs from the audience oozed enthusiasm and excitement.

The producers wanted to ‘tell a genuine story of a young girl who, with the help of a bit of magic, manages to outwit her step-sisters, go to the ball and fall in love with a prince’. They have certainly achieved that and more whilst being true to the story and bringing it into 21st century.

An exceptional production, you’d be mad to miss it!

5 Star Rating

Review by Shaidi Ramsurrun

This festive season watch Cinderella go from rags to riches in our latest all-singing, all-dancing magical pantomime.

The clock is ticking! Book now and applaud the greatest pantomime heroine of them all as she shows us what can happen with a great pair of shoes and sprinkle of fairy dust. Packed full of all the amazing Greenwich pantomime ingredients, it is time to dust off your finest linens, practice your booing and join Cinders and her two horrible Step-Sisters as they embark on an adventure full of magic, mischief and musical mayhem…!

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Cinderella [DVD] 2015
Lily James (Actor),‎ Cate Blanchett (Actor),‎ Kenneth Branagh (Director)

CAST
Louise Young – Cinderella
Michael Lanni – Prince Charming
Michelle Chantelle Hopewell – Fairy
James Keningale – Buttons
Jean-Luke Worrell – Dandini
Anthony Spargo – Kylie (ugly sister)
Lizzy Dive – Mylie (ugly sister)
Paul Critoph – Baron Halley

Cinderella
17th November 2017 to 7th January 2018
https://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/

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