Review Round Up: Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball, Turbine Theatre

The Turbine Theatre’s first pantomime has now officially opened. Here’s what critics have had to say about it….

(c) Mark Senior.

WhatsOnStage: **** “The script, by Jodie Prenger and Neil Hurst, strikes the right balance between sauce and sentiment, and the laughs keep coming throughout, even if some of the one-liners are older than the President-Elect. And director Lizzy Connolly skillfully choreographs the action to keep the cast distanced, to the extent that you quickly stop thinking about it.”

The Guardian: *** “It could all get pretty tawdry, if these weren’t high-end performers, delivering the relentless single and double entendres with skills honed on Shaftesbury Avenue, a queer cabaret edge – and a cheerful sense of the ridiculousness of the enterprise.”

West End Wilma: **** “Oscar Conlon-Morrey and Scott Paige were born to play the Ugly Sisters in this show. Camp with comedic timing and a bucket load of sass – they were delicious to watch! Everyone knows that the Ugly Sisters hate their step-sister Cinderella but it was nice to see a brief moment when the three were dancing away together, showing that underneath the hate, there is some kind of bond between them.”

London Theatre ***** “This production is the prime example of Fringe’s charm and edge in an intimate setting of the Turbine Theatre. There were many wonderful moments of spontaneity that can only happen in live theatre.”

The Times: ** “Never mind the pandemic, panto is back. Granted, this adults-only show in the shadow of Battersea Power Station very much does mind the pandemic. Perspex screens are placed between seats. At one point Rufus Hound, as Buttons, jokily fires sanitiser at the crowd from a water pistol. There is a playful interlude in which the cast drop out of character as they don gloves for the next, prop-heavy scene.”

The Stage: **** “Jodie Prenger and Neil Hurst’s debut adult pantomime, starring Rufus Hound and Daisy Wood-Davis, is outstanding, with strong production values and a cracking cast.”

Gay **** “Whether you’re looking for a new panto to check out, or you live for RuPaul gags, or you adore musical theatre or you simply want to poke some fun at the terrible year we’ve just had – there’s something here for you. We’re sure you’ll have a fabulous time at this ball.”

Evening Standard: **** “The script, by actors Jodie Prenger and Neil Hurst, is exuberantly camp and Lizzy Connolly’s production tightly drilled, with some impressive choreography by Ruthie Stephens.”

Cinderella The Socially Distanced Pantomime will run at The Turbine Theatre until the 23rd December.

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