Cinderella - Another Great Panto At Woking Theatre
By Ladywordsmith | Monday, December 09, 2013, 23:27
The traditional family trip to Woking Theatre for its annual panto was a bit of a step into the unknown this year. Taking along teenagers and with the show's main character Buttons being played by Justin Fletcher aka Mr Tumble a favourite of the younger children unknown by my TellyTubby generation, I wondered if they would suspend their general eye rolling at everything and get into the spirit of it. I quickly realised that their close examination of the programme was to look at which dancer they fancied and at least kept them amused. I didn't miss the badgering for things that flashed and foam fingers to poke each other with in the car on the way home, so things were looking up.
I needn't have worried about it. Panto never ages and is for every age, the jokes never improve so you laugh out loud anyway, the Shetland ponies and the magical transformation of rags to crystal for Cinderella, an engaging Zoe Salmon, always brings a gasp. A ghost will chase a man dressed as a woman with impossible hair, talking like a man and running like a navvy and we will shout out to them to avoid it. My 15 year old gasped when Cinderella was locked in the cupboard by the Ugly sisters when Prince Charming came a calling. I asked her how she felt it was all going to end - the eye rolling came back for a minute.
The ensemble cast gave a great performance. Hal Cruttenden and Liam Tamne complimented each other perfectly as Dandini and Prince Charming but the way all the main characters sparked off each other gave a great chemistry. Zoe Curlett as the Fairy Godmother deserves a special mention for her considerable vocal talent. Finally the Ugly Sisters Miley and Tulisa played by Dave Lynn and Jason Sutton, not only did they deliver the traditional display of haute couture we can rely on from Cinderella, it kept the teenagers 'banter mode' switched on for the evening...
T1: 'That's you that is, that's your make up'
T2: 'No that's you, you walk like that'
T1:'That's your Mum'
T2: We're sisters you donut'
Like I said, panto - the night out the whole family can enjoy and this one certainly is.
Cinderella runs at The New Victoria Theatre until 5 January 2014 booking can be made via www.atgtickets.com