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Cinderella Pantomime at New Wimbledon Theatre
I received an invitation to attend the press night of the Cinderella Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre in London. This production encompassed everything one could wish for in a pantomime; comedy, magic, audience participation, an evil villain, epic dance sequences, dazzling set, stunning costumes and a spectacular cast. The show far exceeded my expectations, offering lots of fun and laughter for all ages. So here is my review of Cinderella Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre:
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Cinderella longs for a happier and more exciting life away from her wicked Stepsisters and Stepmother. Thankfully she has Buttons her loveable companion there to watch out for her. When the dashing Prince Charming decides to hold a ball to find a future wife, this may just be the chance Cinderella has been waiting for. Can the Fairy Godmother help Cinderella get to the Ball? With the help of some mice and a pumpkin, anything is possible!
This fab-u-lous panto is headlined by Craig Revel Horwood playing Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother and joined by super funny and loveable comedian and magician extraordinaire Pete Firman as Buttons and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and Olivier-nominated actress Alison Jiear as the Fairy Godmother.
If you are a Strictly Come Dancing fan then you are in for a treat, Craig Revel Horwood dazzles in the role of the Wicked Stepmother and you even get to see him in a hilarious dance off with Dandini. He was made for this brilliant role and delivered lots of the comedy throughout the show, not forgetting his show stopping outfits!
Buttons, played by Pete Firman was one of our favourite characters, he performed impressive magic throughout and was incredibly funny whilst doing so. He was such a great character and his scene, interrupting Prince Charming and Cinderella’s romantic moment was nothing short of brilliant. The whole audience erupted into laughter, it really was hilarious and well executed.
The panto showcased amazing costumes and the stage and set design were not only bright and colourful but also sparkled throughout the entire performance. They had some really clever elements and I loved Cinderella’s journey to the ball in her carriage. It was such a magical moment, with large white horses, the sparkling carriage came out above our heads into the audience and it even snowed!
Cinderella and Prince Charming had great chemistry and delivered some impressive performances with some great vocals. The whole cast were really fantastic, there was a real mix of dance styles and I particularly enjoyed the tap numbers. There were some brilliant costumes, we were entranced by the dancing polar bears and pumpkins!
The musical aspect was fantastic, featuring a mix of well-known contemporary tracks along with some musical numbers. It was such a strong cast, right through to the ensemble.
My thoughts on the show
The Cinderella Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre is a spectacular show, it dazzled and sparkled, it had the perfect mix of comedy and dance, music and magic! It is everything you would hope for in a pantomime! We laughed and we clapped and had a thoroughly good time! It provided a delightful blend of entertainment, offering plenty of fun and laughter suitable for audiences of all ages. Cinderella was a joy to watch!
- Wicked Stepmother – Craig Revel Horwood
- The Fairy Godmother – Alison Jiear
- Buttons – Pete Firman
- Dandini – Daniel Norford
- The Prince – Solomon Davy
- Claudia – Leanne Jones
- Tess – Catherine Morris
- Cinderella – Cassie Compton
- Kai Scanlan
- Zara Liu
- Ellie Gilmour
- Chloe MacGregor
- Bailey Johnson
- Angus Simpson
- Amelie Varennes-Cooke
- Jacob Smith
8th Dec 2023 – 7th January 2024.
2 hours 20 minutes, including interval.
New Wimbledon Theatre, London
£13.00 – £60.00.
We were invited for press night but all comments and opinions are strictly my own. Thank you for reading Cinderella Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre Review.