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Cinderella review at Middlesbrough Theatre – ‘full of life’

Cheryl Fergison and Katie Lowe in Cinderella at Middlesbrough Theatre. Photo: John's Studio Cheryl Fergison and Katie Lowe in Cinderella at Middlesbrough Theatre. Photo: John's Studio
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Back for his fourth year, Scott Gallagher’s infectious energy as Buttons sets a cracking pace for this delightful rags to riches love story. Gallagher’s immensely likeable character is the most memorable with his “Now then Boro” catchphrase. His immediate rapport with the audience soon has everyone yelling and screeching at the top of their voices at his hilarious array of silly walks and witty narrative.

Local girl Katie Lowe danced in the chorus at the theatre as a child, now she’s come home to break the Prince’s heart in the lead role. Starring alongside her is a well-versed, joyful Fairy Godmother, Cheryl Ferguson, perhaps better known for her role as Heather Trott in EastEnders.

A double act of Danny la Rue-style ugly sisters, Paul Arden-Griffith and Daniel Farmer, in their voluminous day glow costumes are fabulous, chaotic and wonderfully camp. Courtney King makes up the devious threesome as their scheming mother, Baroness Hardup,

Directors David Vickers and Richard Chandler have crammed this familiar fairy tale full of talented people and heaps of good old traditional panto funny business. The cast were obviously having a great time too, and it was topped off by two beautiful, pure white Shetland ponies.

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