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Cinderella review at Corn Exchange Exeter

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Big, bold and far from shrinking, Daniel Paige’s Vile-lette gets a run for her money from Jon Bonner’s stylish and quick-witted Moronica. This sister-act is one to remember. The bizarrely costumed duo dominates the stage with song and synchronicity, sparking off one another with snide snipes and slapstick.

Giving a twist to the story, lovelorn Buttons (Kaine Horey) finally gets his girl in Ian Trafford’s delightfully imaginative and inventive script that sets the story in an Alpine village where lederhosen is high fashion.

Alicia Agneson, making her UK debut, is a charming and graceful Cinderella. Her lovely singing voice and exquisite diction lend magic to the tale. And there’s a believable bond between Cinderella and her soft-hearted father Baron Hardup (Mark Osmond). An inventor with a penchant for gadgetry, his promise to do the best for his daughter tugs at the heartstrings to make the pretty transformation scene especially memorable.

It’s a well-directed traditional family pantomime with comedy slapstick and gentle innuendo. Beautifully costumed and choreographed, young dancers as villagers and woodland animals keep up an excellent pace, while Abi Meller as the good-hearted Fairy sorts out all confusion to ensure everything ends happily ever after.

Production Information

Corn Exchange, Exeter, December 14-January 5

Author/director
Ian Trafford
Producer
Kickline
Cast includes
Daniel Page, Alicia Agneson, Mark Osmond, Jon Bonner, Kaine Horey, Abi Meller
Running time
2hrs 30mins

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