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Buttons: A Cinderella Story

“A quirky adaptation”

The Charles Court Opera annual pantomime has become an Islington tradition. Artistic director and author John Savournin enjoys subverting classic stories and this year’s offering is no exception. Adapted from the Cinderella story, Buttons is the name of her beloved teddy bear, granted the gift of life so that he can declare his love for her.

Cinders’ mum Betty is in love with the local bobby, PC Pumpkin. Jennie Jacobs’ Prince Charming meanwhile is a serial killer intent on maintaining the spell that keeps him handsome.

The daffy plot is accompanied by some wonderful adaptations of popular songs, including a trippy transformation sequence performed to Bohemian Rhapsody and a cake-making scene set to Beyonce’s Single Ladies.

While the story features plenty of quirky twists including a Mafioso puppet fairy godfather and Savournin on form as a lewd and leering Betty, the script doesn’t have that same imaginative sparkle as some past offerings. There are also none of the usual flights of fancy in Louie Whitemore’s set design, though it at least accommodates Shelby Williams’ choreography. There is still plenty to enjoy here though, including cast regular Matt Kellett’s amiable Buttons and Jacobs’ scenery chewing interpretation of the most arrogant of pantomime princes.


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Production Details
Production nameButtons: A Cinderella Story
VenueKing's Head Theatre
StartsNovember 23, 2018
EndsJanuary 5, 2019
Running time2hrs
ComposerDavid Eaton
Book writerJohn Savournin
LyricistDavid Eaton
DirectorJohn Savournin
Set designerLouie Whitemore
Costume designerMia Wallden
Lighting designerNicholas Holdridge
CastJohn Savournin, Matthew Kellett, Andrea Tweedale, Eleanor Sanderson-Nash, Emily Cairns, Jennie Jacobs
Production managerEmily Louise Palmer
Stage managerOctavia Penes
ProducerCharles Court
VerdictQuirky adaptation full of popular tunes but lacking the usual intelligence and ambition of Charles Court Opera’s Christmas shows
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