Cinderella, Saturday 26 November 2011
With the start of the Panto season definitely upon us (oh yes it is!), it’s the time of year for children of all ages to have a good old laugh at the theatre.
Nottingham is host to many great venues, including the Theatre Royal who this year hosts Sleeping Beauty starring Joe Pasquale. Nottingham Arts Theatre will be performing Aladdin and his wonderful lamp, whilst at Nottingham Playhouse you’ll get the chance to see Cinderella.
Cinderella is a classic fairy tale with some very memorable hooks – the ugly sisters, the fairy godmother, a touch of magic and a missing shoe. This performance is written by the acclaimed Kenneth Alan Taylor and stars John Elkington and Anthony Hoggard as the Ugly Sisters.
As with most pantomimes there’s plenty of song and dance routines, fancy costumes and Christmas glamour. But when it really comes down to it, what do the children think of it?
These are the most important people where Christmas is concerned, and we asked Thomas (age 9) what he thought of Cinderella last weekend:
I really enjoyed seeing Cinderella at the Nottingham Playhouse. It was very funny and I loved all of it, but I think the best bit was the Running Buffet performed by Buttons. He was very good. I went to see Mother Goose last year and Buttons from Cinderella played Billy.
I also enjoyed the Ugly Sisters’ disco dance with their Aunt De Villa. At the ball their costumes were amazing. Also my stepmum laughed a lot at their keep fit workout clothes.
Kenneth Alan Taylor is a really good writer and I wonder if Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood is going to be as good as the other pantomimes. Robin Hood will be his 29th pantomime at the Playhouse and it’s on next year. It starts on 30 November and I’ll look forward to seeing it if he has still got it.
PS – we left the theatre and met Buttons by the stage door after the show!
See the Cinderella Preview
Cinderella is at Nottingham Playhouse until 14 January 2012. Tickets cost £22 for Adults and £18 for children.