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Cinderella review at the Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury – ‘light, sparky and humorous’

Cinderella at the Roses theatre, Tewkesbury. Photo: Jack Boskett

Better buff up the glass slippers – it’s time for Cinders to take the floor in the Roses’ latest offering. Under Ben Crocker’s seasoned direction, a buoyant cast carries this production along with little sagging.

Luke Adamson’s Buttons is a capable comic chaperone, tap dancing with bucket feet and pumping frightful quantities of air into the Ugly Sisters’ ‘frontal enhancers’. Lizzy Franks has a winning second go in the titular role after a memorable turn in the Theatre Chipping Norton’s Cinderella (2012). Franks brings the right mix of vulnerability and spunkiness, holding her own against Jeffrey Harmer and Noel White’s bombastic Ugly Sisters.

Local children are well integrated and provide some honest laughs. The spectacle of the pumpkin coach being slowly borne aloft by a winged horse is a striking visual.

Cinderella features a fair few pop arrangements: the insidious Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars is present, alongside Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance. These are accompanied by vigorous dance routines (thanks to experienced panto choreographer Nicola Miles), but the songs themselves may fatigue through their overfamiliarity… if you’re of a grinchy disposition, that is.

Overall, The Roses’ Cinderella is a solid festive offering – bold, colourful and entertaining, if quite traditional.

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Panto veteran Ben Crocker helms an entertaining production at The Roses that succeeds in providing light, sparky, humorous family fare