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Published Thursday 3 December 2009 at 11:00 by Nicole Hepburn

Cinderella at His Majesty’s, Aberdeen is a perfect fit for the Granite City’s festive celebrations.

A scene from Cinderella at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

A scene from Cinderella at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Photo: Events Captured

Over the past few years, Qdos Entertainment has been steadily improving the family panto, bringing it to a new generation, whose tastes in entertainment are increasingly sophisticated.

Opening the show and sprinkling her magic over the Aberdeen audience is Scottish panto stalwart Elaine C Smith as the Fairy Godmother. She flies across the stage on her glittering moon to be welcomed by fireworks and applause.

This is just the start of what proves to be a show-stopping panto that neatly combines the traditional with stunning modern special effects.

Ugly sisters Alan McHugh and Jordan Young are becoming regulars in the Aberdeen panto and still get the audience laughing, without resorting to cringable innuendo. But working with comedian C Smith and Finn Den Hertog as Buttons has added a whole new dimension to this duo’s act, and is at its best during their alternative version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Locally-born performer Callum Nicol plays Prince Charming, and his good looks and wonderful voice will make young hearts skip a beat. No panto is complete without a villain and the evil stepmother is played by Jan Shepherd.

Sumptuous sets, sparkling costumes, flashy pyrotechnics, flying, lively dancing and two magical 3D scenes ensure this is a glittering festive spectacular with something for everyone.

Production information

His Majesty's, Aberdeen, November 28-January 3

Alan Cohen
Qdos Entertainment
Cast includes:
Elaine C Smith, Alan McHugh, Jordan Young, Finn Den Hertog, Jan Shepherd, Callum Nicol, Sophie Boyne, Alastair G Bruce
Running time:
2hrs 30mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014