Reviewed by Cris Jackman
A happy ending for Cinderella was assured for all ages at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth.
The 110-year-old theatre has some magical qualities through its old style architecture and an auditorium which, styled with glitter balls and clever lighting, projected a magical Christmas atmosphere to the performance.
The cast were enthusiastic too the end and worked hard, to good eﬀect, to rouse the audience, who’s ages ranged from three sisters celebrating their 94th birthday (who got a mention and Happy Birthday sung to them) down to the youngest age groups.
Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening, and the inclusion of the baby shark song at the end, to which a majority of the younger members erupted and stood up to participate, was an idea of genius.
Prince Charming (Jake Quickenden of Dancing on Ice fame), who despite a painful looking slip late in the show leaving him nursing his wrist for the duration, oﬀered a great singing voice throughout and was assisted by the rest of the cast admirably and they all managed to keep the laughter and pace going throughout the show.
The other senior members all worked well together and all produced great performances, with Natasha Barnes (Fairy Godmother) who stood out with a notable singing performance.
The Ugly Sisters ﬁtted their description well, aided by a multitude of costume changes and at every entrance they seemed to be wearing another dazzling set of bright and sequinned outﬁts. Indeed, all the costumes across the cast were outstanding. The wicked stepmother was wicked and produced the obligatory boos as required.
The younger dancers were excellent and shone brightly every time they graced the stage, inspiring the younger audience members particularly.
The adaption was aimed at the younger members, but enjoyed by all, and with many jokes, as is traditional, aimed at local themes, these all seemed well received.
The show continues into the new year and with several performances a day and reasonable ticket prices from £17 it is well worth a visit as a traditional Christmas treat for the family.
Tickets cost from £17 (booking fees may apply).
Cinderella is at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth from 11 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, for more information or to book tickets click visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk or call the box office on 023 9282 8282.
The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants, PO5 2QJ | 023 9282 8282