Cinderella review at Orchard Dartford
Contrary to popular belief, the dynamics of a good pantomime don’t rely on a star name, but on the company as a whole being able to deliver that all important mix of magic, comedy and spectacle. Qdos regularly provides all three and still offer a quality headliner in Bradley Walsh to ensure that Christmas in Dartford rings out with laughter.
Walsh’s unique comedy style gaily dissects the panto tradition but as Buttons he still manages to preserve the delicate relationship between the love-lorn servant and Hannah Grover’s engaging Cinderella. Of course, in the looks department Walsh is no match for Chris Warner Drake’s dynamic Prince Charming, but he is a deeply generous performer, sharing the laughs – intentional and otherwise – with a host of talent.
Barry Hester warms up the audience nicely as Dandini complemented by a high-kicking, decidedly glamorous Louise English as a cheery Fairy Godmother. An ensemble of talented adult dancers, supplemented by some lively kids from Liz Burville Performing Arts, bring a touch of Strictly Come Dancing to the elaborate ball scene. Humour, villainy and fashion suicide is committed ruthlessly by Ben Stock and Nathan Kiley, evidently in their element as a couple of ghastly ugly sisters Sharon and Nicole.
Orchard, Dartford, December 17-January 4
- Jon Conway
- Qdos Entertainment
- Cast includes
- Bradley Walsh, Ben Stock, Nathan Kiley, Louise English, Hannah Grover, Chris Warner Drake
- Running time
- 2hrs 25mins
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