The Stage on Imagine Theatre’s production of Cinderella at the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe 2012-13

The Cast of Cinderella, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe 2012

If the success of a show can be measured by the ebullient enthusiasm of its audience, then Crewe’s Lyceum has a hit on its hands with this production of Cinderella. Authors Lauchlan and Brenton have crafted a panto of old that moves along at a good pace, with effective jokes, local references, a dollop of slapstick and ample room for audience participation.

Ste Johnston works his socks off as a cheeky, lovable Buttons, bang on the mark with his comedic timing, antics and sheer energy. His brilliant ‘kids on stage’ and group singing interlude are richly rewarded by much laughter.

With Paul Morse and Ian Ganderton as the splendidly obnoxious ugly sisters Flatula and Verucca, we have two wonderfully talented actors at the peak of their dame careers. Strangely alluring in some magnificent costumes, they strut their stuff admirably.

Gemma Rees as a lovely, believable Cinderella partners effectively with Julia Cave’s dashing Prince Charming and the duo produce some strong singing. Add the classic magic of Helen Watson’s fairy godmother, sparkling sets and a pumpkin that turns into a glittering coach and the fairytale is complete.

Director Robert Marsden and his team deliver on all counts and the result is a refreshingly traditional pantomime that adds much merriment and a warm glow to the festive season.

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