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Published Thursday 6 December 2012 at 09:59 by Kevin Berry

Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay, according to the old Danny and the Juniors hit. After last year’s hugely successful introduction of rock ‘n’ roll-themed pantomime with Aladdin, the City Varieties continues in that vein with a suitably spirited, let’s rock the joint staging of Cinderella.

The change in style was introduced by former Varieties manager Peter Sandeman after he had seen rock ‘n’ roll panto in full flow at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. It is a natural development from the style of previous Varieties pantomimes, which were celebrated for their youthful exuberance and choice of pop songs.

Audience involvement is there from the very beginning and not simply with calls and responses. Christopher Fry, as Baron Hardup, effectively breaks the fourth wall with his banter and his comic energy drives the show along.

Cinderella certainly rocks. It is written Peter Rowe, the doyen of rock panto writers, and just about everyone in the cast has experience of the style.

In the final scene Cinderella (Katie Elin-Salt) tells Prince Charming (Josh Pye) to push off when he proposes. Now that’s something some of us have waited a long lifetime to hear. But they do get together, to the strains of the Jackie Wilson hit Higher and Higher - played with infectious gusto.

Production information

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds, December 5-January 13

Peter Rowe
Vik Sivalingam
City Varieties Music Hall
Christopher Fry, Katie Elin-Salt, Kenny Davies, Callum Hughes, Nicola Hawkins, Susannah van den Berg, Josh Tye
Running time:
2hrs 15mins

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