It's time for my review of Cinderella.
I have been going to see Richmond Theatre's pantos ever since 2008. Some of their pantos are great (Peter Pan, from 2009 and 2013, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, from 2009 and 2014, and Sleeping Beauty, from 2010), however some are not so good (Aladdin from 2012 and Cinderella from 2011). I really, really hate to be negative, but this was the worst panto I have ever seen. The material seems to have been recycled from previous years and the company who put on these pantos appears to be running out of ideas. Hayley Mills, who they have tried to use to bring in audiences, seems to be exhausted after just one night. She did not look happy up onstage and it was obvious she was having problems with the choreography. Past pantos have had a musical number, here and there, but lasts nights show featured 8 or 9 songs! It did not fit whatsoever. Are they trying to create a panto or a musical? The sets and costumes were not as good as they have been previously. Peter Pan in 2013 had some magnificent costumes! Cinderella wore a maids costume which later turned into her ballgown, however firstly she was not at all comfortable and kept fidgeting and secondly the dress made her look as though she had a huge midriff and didn't quite work. This panto seems to be directed at mainly age 6 and under, but they had various adult jokes. If you want to make a show that childish, it doesn't work to have adult jokes. Usually pantos are for all ages from 1-100. I'm so sad that the Richmond pantos have stooped this low, but hopefully next year will be better. Anyway, enough negatives, lets move onto the positives! The ponies pulling Cinderella's carriage were absolutely adorable. For me, the ponies were the best part of the show! They have a bit in the show where 4 young children from the audience come up on the stage which I also thought was a good part of the show as the children were quite comical. Cast members who stood out for me were Chris Jarvis as Buttons, Matt Rixon as Rita, Andrew Deberyshire as Prince Charming and both the adult and child ensemble were very good. I found act two to be a little better than act one. I really hope the production team for next years panto take this all into account and I pray that next years panto will be better.
The featured star of Cinderella is, drum roll please... CHRIS JARVIS!
I do think Chris Jarvis is a good entertainer, even if I'm not overly keen on the production he is in. He has great comic timing and brings cheer.
Now for my final verdict on Cinderella. I give Cinderella...
Last night was only the first night, so hopefully the show will get better as the month goes on.
Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.
Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Old Friend.
Thanks for reading!