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Cinderella review at the White Rock Theatre – ‘Hastings’ best panto for years’

Jessie Wallace and Daisy Steere in Cinderella at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Photo: Peter Mould Jessie Wallace and Daisy Steere in Cinderella at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings. Photo: Peter Mould

Serial Hastings panto legend Ben Watson returns to the White Rock Theatre to play Buttons, and it’s his best yet. Channelling his inner David Walliams, Watson’s cheeky humour and character-compare skills translate brilliantly to adults and children alike. He carries the show, ensuring that “everything is awesome” and that the audience are having the time of their lives.

It’s a strong cast overall – Jessie Wallace is a super sweet, maternal Fairy Godmother, resplendent in glittering white with a syrupy giggle for the most part, although she busts out a raspy cabaret number, just for the heck of it.

Making her panto debut, Daisy Steere’s Cinderella is a soft heroine for young theatregoers to easily fall in love with, and her Prince, played straight by Benjamin McMillan, lends equally decent vocals for some enjoyable duets.

Dylan Brown is a gorgeous Dandini, whose energy is infectious and his singing and dancing spot on. Brown’s entertaining Uptown Funk is indicative of a great choice of music throughout, ensuring that the pace stays upbeat. (The only questionable track being It’s Raining Men, which momentarily throws the show off track and into a cheap Chippendale number.)

The gastrically-challenged Ugly Sisters are played with enough naughtiness, but not too much bawdiness, by the hilarious Katie Brennan and Suzie Chard, and the supporting students of Laine Theatre Arts give it their all.

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Verdict
Hasting’s best panto for years is a family-friendly romp, with the perfect amount of sparkle behind a wonderfully talented cast
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