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Cinderella review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘big on laughs’

Gillian Parkhouse and James Darch in Cinderella at King's Theatre, Edinburgh Gillian Parkhouse and James Darch in Cinderella at King's Theatre, Edinburgh
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Edinburgh’s ruling panto triumvirate – Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott – return in a Cinderella that is big on laughs, magic and special effects.

Stewart has cut back on the impressions, but his Fairy May is still very much in charge. He even squeezes in a quick tap routine. However Gray’s Buttons carries easily as much of the comedy and his disruptive free-form performance is given the space it deserves.

Stott’s Baroness Hibernia Hardup could do with a shade more urgency, but he rocks his dress and gives an assured and suitably villainous performance.

A tight-mouthed Maureen Carr and a lip-curling Clare Gray exude disdain as the Uglies – they could easily have more to do. Andrew Keay twinkles as Dandini, relishing his hour in the Prince’s shoes and giving a strong shot to the big comedy finale.

Gillian Parkhouse, looking every inch the 1950s movie star, is an alluring Cinderella for James Darch’s hunky Prince Charming. Tight choreography from Stillie Dee makes good use of the juniors and helps propel the plot. And while you feel the lack of a song-sheet, Gray’s ear for a political asides and Stott’s comeuppances make up for it. Almost.

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Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott team up once more for a comedy-packed pantomime