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Cinderella review at Southport Theatre – ‘slickly staged’

Jason Marc-Williams and Alistair Barron in Cinderella, at Southport Theatre Jason Marc-Williams and Alistair Barron in Cinderella, at Southport Theatre
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Iain Lauchlan and Sam Kane’s great script for this Cinderella follows the Charles Perrault version of Cinderella pretty faithfully, while squeezing in some local references.

It dives straight in to the telling of the story from the moment the curtain rises. Some previous Southport Theatre pantos have suffered from poor sound quality, but the creative team has really upped its game this year and this is now excellent, making every sung and spoken word crystal clear.

Toni Howard and Tom Milner bring great singing voices to Cinderella and the Prince, as well as being fine actors, and they fill out their parts splendidly. Jason Marc-Williams and Alistair Barron are deliciously wicked as the ugly sisters. Kane, who also directs the show, works a little too hard at times as Buttons, and it’s in some of his scenes that the pace of the production tends to sag. His son Jack Kane, however, gives a lovely performance as Dandini, his first principal panto role.

Even the smallest children in the audience are spontaneously vocal in all the right places and the show as a whole is very entertaining, although somehow lacking an indefinable magic. With a little trimming, it could sparkle even brighter.

Verdict
A traditional and slickly staged, if slightly baggy, pantomime
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