Reviewed by Helen Noble
Cinderella – The Fairy Godmother Of All Pantomimes. Truly magical from start to finish.
Starring comedian Billy Pearce as Buttons, Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan as The Fairy Godmother, Shane Nolan as Dandini, Sarah Goggin as Cinderellla, Sam Barrett as Prince Charming, and Graham Hoadly & Jack Land Noble as The Ugly Sisters.
On arriving at the theatre, Christmas had really begun, snow falling in the doorway, a very large beautiful decorated Christmas tree in the foyer, Santa Claus welcoming everyone as they arrived, taking time to speak to the children and handing out small gifts, you were greeted with the sound of a school choir singing which added to the festive build-up of the show.
On the way to our seats we were asked to pick up 3D glasses, very intrigued as I had not seen anything mentioning 3D. Our seats were on row H in the stalls and had a good view of the stage.
The performance began with the fairy godmother in her sparkly dress, gliding through the sky, every time she appeared on stage it was magical.
Buttons (Billy Pearce) had everyone joining in as soon as he came onto the stage, he was so funny that your sides hurt with laughing not only the children but the adults too especially with his witty humour, the Ugly Sisters were scary and horrible they had the children shouting out booing at them. Wonderful singing and dancing from everyone involved.
All of the scenery was truly amazing but the special effects of the coach and horses, and the indoor snow were very impressive not only the children were left amazed, I was totally breath taken even I had never seen anything so spectacular. The search for Cinderella in the forest was the 3D show that had you moving in your seats ducking, diving, laughing and screaming.
Just like the fairytale, Cinderella is made to scrub the floors whilst the ugly sisters are been horrible and mean to her, they try to stop her from going to the ball, but with her friend buttons and the help of the fairy godmother they not only help Cinderella meet the man of her dreams they make all her dreams come true.
As well as the story of Cinderella there are other scenes in between which are unexpected but are totally fantastic and have you laughing in hysterics. And just when you think it’s the end there is even more fun and laughter to be had.
I highly recommend this show it is a must see, the look of astonishment on the face of my 4-year-old granddaughter will be a memory of this night I will have forever.
The show lasted 2 hours 15 minutes including the interval.
The Alhambra is a traditional theatre, the main theatre building is modern with bright lights which not only look fabulous but makes the building easy to find.
On the ground floor there is a ticket kiosk and a kiosk for purchasing soft drinks and sweets. On the first floor there is an impressive bar/cafe area, also a merchandise kiosk. The staff were welcoming and helpful.
The venue has disabled parking onsite to the left of the buildings entrance it says no entry but there is a buzzer system to allow entry.
There are plenty of carparks within a couple of minutes walking distance from the venue, one on Sharpe Street which is just up the hill from the Alhambra, If using an NCP car park if you inform the ticket office on arrival they give you an additional parking ticket to enable a discount on your parking fee.
Tickets cost from £13 to £40 (booking fees may apply).
Cinderella is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 16 December 2017 to 28 January 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01274 432000.
Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000