As pantomime returns to the London Palladium with another all star cast including Lee Mead, Natasha J. Barnes and Paul O’Grady find out what critics have been saying about the biggest pantomime of the year…
Radio Times: **** “To describe this Cinderella as over the top feels like something of an understatement, but it’s in a good way.”
The Guardian: *** “Michael Harrison’s production is eye-poppingly spectacular.”
The Telegraph: ** “faintly incredulous how much director Michael Harrison has allowed the spectre of smutty innuendo to attend this supposed feast of family entertainment.”
WhatsOnStage: **** “a show that bodes well for the future life of panto in the West End.”
The Stage: **** “Harrison’s cast reflects the cream of performing talent rather than simply celebrity faces or stunt casting.”
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Evening Standard: *** “What Michael Harrison’s colourful production essentially boils down to is a lengthy innuendo-off between O’Grady as the wicked stepmother and Clary as a Dandini who entirely overwhelms Mead’s Prince Charming.”
Broadway World: **** “With a strong sense of nostalgia and general silliness, Cinderella offers the light escapism we come to expect from a classic British pantomime at this time of year.”
The Arts Desk: “This is not pantomime for purists, but if you like innuendo-laden camp humour (and I really do), it’s a winner.”
Gay times: **** “more glitter than an afternoon in the GT office, this is a night at the theatre that oozes festive brilliance. This is panto done properly.”
British Theatre Guide: “no-one can deny that this lavish spectacle proves pantomime has a place in the West End and long may it continue.”
London Theatre1: **** “I would have thought the pantomime purists will not be entirely happy with this production, but that doesn’t stop it from being a gloriously lavish, delightful and spectacular show. Worth seeing.”
Theatre Cat: **** “nothing is allowed to drag or overstate, even in nearly three hours. Glorious.”
Cinderella will play at the London Palladium from the 9th December until the 15th January 2017. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.