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Review: Cinderella..ella…ella….’ey ‘ey

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If you're looking for a fairytale of an evening then The Regent Theatre, Stoke certainly fits the bills for all the family. Cinderella is a magical panto for the whole family

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It’s pantomime season! That very British Christmas tradition is back and so we headed over to Hanley’s Regent Theatre to see this years Panto, Cinderella.

As panto is very much an audience participation and aimed at all age ranges there’s a real relaxed and exciting atmosphere as you arrive.  Children with mums, dads and grandparents fill the lobby waiting excitedly for the doors to open.

When the announcement comes to take your seats there’s a real buzz of anticipation about what the next 3 hours holds.

Once inside the theatre we took our seats and the children, and some of the adults too, sang and danced along to the Christmas songs that were playing.  On stage there was a large Cinderella backdrop hiding what was to come.

CinderellaAs the performance time approached a giant screen came down over the logo and began to count down, 10, 9, 8….this sent the audience volume up as young and old counted down.

Once under way we were treated to lots of local gags about Stoke and the surrounding areas and towns. Jonathan Wilkes  reprised his role as Buttons and greeted us all with “‘ey up Duck” for which we were told to shout back with “‘ey up Buttons”.  Football banter and even references to Stoke’s bid to be City of Culture 2021 all made it in to performance.

Our children love slap stick humour and the panto had laughs, spills and jokes aplenty! As is tradition with panto, there’s jokes that only mum and dad would understand, this ensures that everyone is laughing along with the performance as the laughter is infectious!

The ugly sisters (Rhianna and Beyonce) were particularly fantastic, played by show writer Christian Patterson and also Simon Nehan.  They bounced off each other, physically even at times, and delivered a rib tickling performance.

The staging, lighting and effects were also top notch. Despite only being day 2 of the production it felt very polished and there were no dramas or technical hitches. There is a truly magical moment as Cinderella heads off to the ball but I won’t spoil that surprise for those who are going!

The title role of Cinderella was played by Finley Guy and she delivered a charming and sweet performance.  In fact the entire cast, from pros to local amateurs, put on a festive treat for us all.

A particular highlight was the audience participation as part of a special “12 days of Christmas” song when the cast would run around the theatre, again I’m keeping spoilers under wraps! Our children also loved the wiggly worm sing a long which had everyone on their feet

With snow, glitter, smoke machines and fireworks Cinderella really came to life.  Young and old all left the theatre re-telling parts of the story that they thought were brilliant!

If you’re looking for a fairytale of an evening then The Regent Theatre, Stoke certainly fits the bills for all the family, we thoroughly enjoyed the show and we all had a great evening of family fun and entertainment.

Cinderella is at the Regent Theatre, Hanley until Sunday, January 8 2017 For tickets visit or contact the box office on 0844 871 7649.

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