After last years totally amazing production of Aladdin, co-producer, writer and director Peter Duncan (of Blue Peter and Duncan Dares fame) had a lot to live up too. Not that we are hard to please (Megan isn't holding a grudge for not getting in the children's chorus there's always next year) however he had already won Olive over in the lobby with the promise of two adorable panto ponies. Cinderella marks the beginning of a new three-year producing partnership between Lighthouse and Duncan Reeves Productions, I promise you, you won't be disappointed.
The cast of Cinderella, includes Ethan Lawrence (Bad Education, who reminded me a little of a young James Cordon) as Buttons, Richard Gibson (Herr Flick in ‘Allo ‘Allo) as Baron Hardup, Lucy Kay (Britan’s Got Talent) as the Fairy Godmother, Lucy-Jane Quinlan as Cinderella and Jay Worthy and Miles Western as the Ugly Sisters. I don't watch much reality TV and I've never seen Bad Education (sorry) so to me the cast were all people I've never heard of before BUT don't let that put you off they were all amazing.Loving the very naughty ugly sisters Ivana and Ivanka Trump, so great to see traditional panto dames back on the scene. If you didn't know panto dames are played by males, which Olive (6) shouted at the top of her voice, standing up and ensuring both the people beside, in front and behind knew “they are boys” (Oh no she didn't! Oh yes she did!) just incase you didn't actually know!
Cinderella blends traditional panto with a very modern score, and a spectacular tap number, Prince Charming George Beet (silver medal tap winner I'll have you know!) and Duncan Earlam, Dandini stole the show for Megan, again proving that tap dancing has a place in modern productions.
The choreography is amazing, Caroline Barnes AKA the blonde one in Scooch! did a fantastic job I only wish there had been a cheeky “Flying the flag“ ensemmble added in! I was *cough still am* a massive Scooch fan!
Megan (9) : I loved the panto . Buttons was especially funny. I love the tap dancing and costumes. It was very humourous, adventurous and amazing. The cast was epic. I loved the fairy god mother she was amazing and an awesome singer. I can't wait to audition for Dick Wittington.
Charlie (10) : I loved the Cinderella panto because it was funny and just like the story has a happy ending.
Panto really is a staple in our run up to Christmas traditions and Lighthouse, never fails to deliver a truly stunning, family friendly, entertaining, extravaganza!
Cinderella enjoys a four-week run at Lighthouse from Friday 8 December 2017 to Saturday 6 January 2018. Tickets are on sale now from the Lighthouse ticket office, by phone on 01202 280000 or online at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk