LUSH: Jon Lee, Michael Aspell, and Joanna Page in a sparkling production of Cinderella at Woking's New Victoria Theatre.
New Victoria Theatre Woking – Cinderella
Until Sunday, January 10, 0844 871 7645, www.ambassadortickets.com/woking
Reviewed by Peter J Reed
As traditional as Christmas pudding and as sparkling as the star atop the tree, this splendid production of Cinderella has just about everything and more to captivate and delight children of every age.
This is a panto which demands its exquisite glittering Victorian Christmas Card sets, which are beautifully lit and combine with the lavish costumes to produce an amazing visual of colour and sparkle. Coupled with 'oooh' inspiring snow effects and a transformation scene of pure magic with real ponies, it is the stuff dreams are made of.
Starring Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page as Cinderella, former S Club 7 singer and Les Miserables star Jon Lee as Prince Charming, Michael Aspel as Baron Hardup and Shona Lindsay as the Fairy Godmother, along with some first rate support acts, dancers and children, the company delivers a show which is slick and quick in dialogue and punchy and pacey musically.
The humour is clean and the slapstick timed to perfection, and of course, let us not forget the audience participation.
While Page and Lee provide some excellent lead vocals and give the romantic interest the necessary coyness, one cannot ignore the abundance of comedy this pantomime offers. With a beaming smile, Tucker proves a natural born comedian as Buttons, with a great line of patter and an instant rapport with everyone.
In contrast, the quick fire wit of Keith Higham (Dandini), greatly amuses.
Ugly Sisters Graham Hoadly (Britney) and Scott St Martyn (Whitney) do not disappoint – a well-balanced duo for whom the costume and wig creators had truly gone to town!
With a special guest appearance from Angelina Ballerina, the two and a half hours of Christmas cheer, is 'All very lush', as Cinders would say.