Presented by LHK Productions
Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
10th December 2015 - 3rd January 2016

Reviewed by Darren Guy and Bobbi Guy

Cinderella is back, starring Calum Best as Prince Charming and Beryl Marsden as the Fairy Godmother!

I would give this pantomime nine out of ten. The performers were excellent. I liked the sets as well as the music. Also the Cinderella costume for the ball and the wedding were lovely.

'My favorite performers were the Ugly Sisters, they were soooo funny. My second best was Buttons, I loved him singing 'Little Mix, 'Black Magic' . I would recommend any kids and parents to go and see this.' (Bobbi -aged 9, and Neive aged 10)

‘I looked around the room and most of the adults were loving every minute, and luckily the children where too'. (Dad - Darren)

Cinderella (played by Alison Crawford), based of course on the very famous fairy tale, was abused and enslaved by her wicked stepmum and the two 'Ugly Sisters' (Michael Chapman and Tom Burrows).

She eventually finds her Prince Charming. All told in a traditional pantomime fashion (adapted for Liverpool of course), with modern day hit songs.

I must admit, I’m not a big fan of pantomime, but my daughter Bobbi and her school friend Neive were so excited, so I didn’t roll about my seat laughing, like the dozens of other adults (without children) at the ‘Carry On-like’ sexual innuendos and double entendres (which luckily went right over my daughter's head).

But I enjoyed the performance; it kept my attention right the way through. The two and a half hours of the show flew by (which is a testament in itself). The dancers were all in step and performed well. The stage backdrop was excellent and changed without the audience noticing.

I would have preferred the pantomime to have a little more of the original story, but hey the show is really for kids and adult pantomime lovers.

The Epstein Theatre is great not only because of its Victorian-like, musical hallish decor, but the fact that’s it’s a lot more personal, than say the Empire. The cast are closer to the audience, and therefore can engage with them more and make them feel a part of the show. This helps to draw the audience in.

If you’ve got kids or you love pantomime, get along to the Epstein. It’s on until the 3rd of January, with afternoon and evening performances.

They will enjoy the singing, the shouting, the cheering and the booing and, of course, the performance.

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