12 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
Reviewed by Becky Speller
I was lucky enough to be chosen to review Cinderella and was very excited to be taking my son (8) and my friend’s son (9).
The Waterside Theatre at Aylesbury is a lovely theatre and looks beautiful as it is all lit up. The car park is just across the road and we paid £3 to park (it is free after 6.30pm). There is also a McDonalds about 5 minutes away which was really handy for the boys.
When we took our seats I have to say the stage looked amazing very festive and so much glitter, and even though they are boys both kids loved it (I was excited as well as I am a big fan of sparkle and glitter!).
A large TV screen then came down, and a voice introduced the pantomime and gave us a quick insight into the history of pantomime. I have to say I was a little surprised that following this came a Littlewoods.com advertisement (the sponsors I think). It did ruin the effect for me a somewhat!
We then meet Suzanne Shaw for the first time. She starts off as a paramedic who has to take over for the Fairy Godmother. I have to say her jokes were a bit lame and did not generate many laughs. At one point Suzanne even said ‘This is awkward’. It did feel uncomfortable.
Cinderella was played by Holly Brewer and she had a lovely voice, and was very beautiful. Just how you would expect a Disney Princess to be. She played her part brilliantly.
Prince Charming was played by Andrew Derbyshire and I have to say personally I though his voice was fabulous. The only thing I would say is that he tended to sound far more powerful than Cinderella, and quite often drowned her singing out.
The ugly sisters were perfect pantomime dames and hilariously funny. Loved their flamboyant outfits as well. Fantastic!!!
Russell Grant – I was not impressed his acting was a bit lacklustre and he kept rolling out the ‘Strictly’ jokes which got a bit lame after the 2nd time!
My favourite character by far was Buttons who was played by Andy Collins. He held the whole show together and I have to say is definitely the one that got the most laughs out of the kids. He is just brilliant and my favourite part is the 12 days of Christmas. The boys loved and had a great time being very silly. The cast then come into the audience and shoot everyone with water pistols, again the boys found this hilarious.
To sum up I have to say the first half of the pantomime was very slow. The jokes were too adult for the children, and I doubt any of them would have understood. The boys were a little fidgety and they did not seem to enjoy it as much as previous pantomimes. At the end of the first half they bought on real Shetland ponies and set off the snow machine. This was fantastic and set us up great for the second half.
After the interval I have to say the show redeemed itself. The Ghostbusters song was a big hit with the boys and I am the Music Man. Again most of this was down to Buttons and the Dames.
Overall I have been to better pantomimes; however myself and the boys still enjoyed the second half immensely. I would not want to watch it again though.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £30.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Cinderella is at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury until 4 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7607.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG