Reviewed by Lynsey Roberts
Advertised as “the fairy godmother of pantomimes” this is exactly what you would expect from the very funny and extremely silly trio. Allan Stewart as the not so angelic fairy godmother – Fairy May, Andy Gray as the loyal but slightly daft Buttons and Grant Stott as always played the baddie wonderfully well as the evil stepmother.
They were supported by Gillian Parkhouse, who played Cinderella, and was a favourite of all the little girls. James Darch, as the handsome Prince Charming, and Andrew Keay as his Royal right hand Dandini. And finally, Clare Gray and Maureen Carr as the very ugly sisters Ruth and Nicola! All of which played their parts well and full of fun. The young dancers from the Edinburgh Dance Academy were fantastic and very inspiring for other youngsters.
The costumes were stunning and stage setting magical with breathtaking special effects that will wow all. The script full of very current jokes, music and dance routines for children but also adults. However, there was not as much audience participation as I have experienced at pantomimes in the past.
The King’s is a traditional small theatre with a welcoming warm atmosphere and ambiance. It is very comfortable and clean with extremely helpful, friendly staff. Our seats in the stalls provided an excellent view of the stage. The theatre is located in the heart of Edinburgh City Centre, so easily accessible by public transport with parking available around the theatre. There is also plenty of option for pre/post theatre drinks and food with the variety of restaurants and bars nearby.
The whole family had a great evening at the King’s, laughing, cheering and boo’ing throughout. I would definitely recommend this show to friends with or without children. Although not my favourite pantomime I’ve seen I would give the night 4 stars out of 5.
Tickets cost from £17 to £34 (booking fees may apply).
Cinderella is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 2 December 2017 to 21 January 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.edtheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000