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Cinderella review at Bristol Hippodrome – ‘opulent production values’

If this year’s Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome had failed to offer the best dressed Ugly Sisters in pantoland, management would surely have wanted to know why. For on hand to give fashion advice was TV’s style guru Gok Wan, another of Qdos Entertainment’s left-centre choices as Fairy Godmother, following in the Bristol wake of the likes of Torvill and Dean.

Wan has shared headline billing before with the incredibly hard-working Brian Conley, whose Buttons marks his 35th foray into pantomime. They certainly bounce off each other with some panache and, no doubt helped by principal girl turned director Kathryn Rooney, have moved with the times by considerably lowering the off-colour quotient. [1]

About 20 minutes of the first half is totally wasted by a cod Bristol’s Got Talent spoof, but as ever with Qdos this is balanced by opulent production values and the spectacular Cinderella-bearing flying pumpkin coach that soars over the auditorium.

Lauren Hall, as Cinders, and Scott Mobley, as her Prince, are in powerful voice in otherwise under-written roles, and Ben Stock and Neal Wright, as the obviously named Tess and Claudia, show just why they won Best Ugly Sisters at the 2018 Great British Pantomime Awards.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/pantomime/ [2]

Verdict
Brian Conley and Gok Wan gel well together in a patchy but pleasing panto

Production Information

Production
Cinderella
Venue
Bristol Hippodrome
City
Bristol
Starts
December 8
Ends
January 6
Press night
December 11
Authors
Michael Harrison and Brian Conley
Director
Kathryn Rooney
Musical director
David Lane
Choreographer
Matthew Cole
Set
Ian Westbrook
Lighting
Chris Winn
Sound
Olly Steel
Costume
Mike Coltman
Stage manager
Gareth Hopwood
Production manager
Chris Firth
Cast includes
Brian Conley, Gok Wan, Ben Stock, Neal Wright, Lauren Hall, Scott Mobley
Producer
Qdos Entertainment
Running time
2hrs 15mins