Cinderella review at Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe – ‘Bobby Davro is matchless’
Bobby Davro may not get top billing at the Wycombe Swan – that goes to Linda Robson – but there is no doubt that Cinderella is his show.
Davro was born for pantomime, a craft he has perfected over four decades. His timing is peerless, his energy bottomless and his enthusiasm matchless. Watching his Buttons is like taking a masterclass in the art.
He cheerfully knocks out a stream of dreadful puns – at least one gag every 15 seconds – and thank goodness Linda Robson, as Fairy Tracey, is game because he is constantly trying to force her to corpse. He’s no mean singer either.
Robson’s Fairy is warm and approachable while still being credible in this fun and fairly traditional Cinders. The rest of the singing and dancing in Andrew Lynford’s production works well without being remarkable and the story is maintained strongly in the first half but falls away in the second.
There’s no Baron Hardup which leaves a gap and Ben Stock and Alex Woodhall as the Ugly Sisters might have been used more to fill it out with their wicked ways. But Luke Kelly’s Prince Charming and Sarah Vaughan’s Cinders make a convincing couple and Louie Spence’s dance instructor Dandini is very funny.
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