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“A fun, anarchic treat”

Newport is a town that’s always done things differently. Perhaps it’s because of geography, but Newport prides itself on being the working-class town with an edge that refuses to conform to what its neighbours in Cardiff or Bristol might be up to.

The Riverfront’s annual pantomime is no different, proudly creating a family show that’s defiantly irreverent. Without star names but instead a tight cast of very good actors, Cinderella retains everything one expects from a festive panto, but also dares to be different.

Richard Gauntlett’s script places Cinderella, Buttons et al in an optimistically seaside-postcard version of Newport, Chris Illingworth’s lighting a summery joy. The benefits of a panto produced in-house is that it’s tailored for its audience who lapped up the local references, as well as indulging in all the familiar traditions.

A tremendous Keiron Self has the best gags as a refreshingly un-soppy Buttons, while Richard Elis and Geraint Rhys Edwards’ stepsisters skilfully riff their way through the show. Laura Meaton and Gareth Tempest are as charming a Cinders and Prince as you could wish for, each bringing the house down with their own musical numbers.

A fun, anarchic treat that truly captures the spirit of panto.

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Production Details
Production nameCinderella
StartsNovember 28, 2019
EndsJanuary 4, 2020
Running time2hrs 15mins
AuthorRichard Gauntlett
DirectorRichard Gauntlett
Musical directorDyfan Jones
ChoreographerAngela Sheppard
Lighting designerChris Illingworth
Sound designerOwen Davies
CastGareth Tempest, Keiron Self, Laura Meaton, Richard Elis. Rachel Waring
ProducerThe Riverfront
VerdictIn-house produced show, refreshingly different to off-the-shelf efforts elsewhere
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