Rating: ★★★★★
Venue: New Wimbledon Theatre, London
Cast: Craig Revel Horwood, Pete Firman, Alison Jiear, Daniel Norford, Solomon Davy and Cassie Compton 

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and Olivier-nominated actress Alison Jiear as the Fairy Godmother. And the show stopping Daniel Norford as Dandini, who has taken the theatre world by storm in credits including The Welkin, All of Us, and Small Island (National Theatre).

Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her Prince Charming. The clock is ticking, so book your tickets today!

The New Wimbledon Theatre Pantomime has become a must see over the years and this years production of Cinderella is no different. Its full of glitz, glam and ghastly Ugly Sisters! In traditional format we are first introduced to the Fairy Godmother (Alison Jiear) who is a vision in pink; Alison brings a beautifully warm aura to the role and is the perfect Fairy Godmother.

We move into the enchanted forest and come across Dandini (Daniel Norford) and Prince Charming
(Solomon Davy) who are both wonderful actors. However, it would have been nice to see more of them throughout the evening as we only got a few glimpses at their fantastic talents.

We finally meet Cinderella (Cassie Compton) who welcomes us to Wimbledon with a song showing off her beautiful voice, before being torn down by her ugly sisters Claudia (Leanne Jones) and Tess (Catherine Morris), who are perfectly gruesome and mean. They both bring these characters to life with vigour and comedic delight. Cinderella’s best friend Buttons (Pete Firman) soon steps in to cheer Cinderella up - oh yes he does!

We then make a journey to Hardup Hall and meet Baroness Demonica Hardup (Craig Revel Horwood) who is fantastically camp, glamorous and importantly evil. Craig does a fantastic job in this role, having the perfect balance of evil and panto joy. Craig treats us to many Strictly Come Dancing based jokes and some wonderful dance routines that show off his immense talents.

Throughout the show we are treated to the magical talents of Pete Firman, who is an exceptional magician. Even sat front row I could not see how they tricks were done and children around me were gasping in wonder at the illusions. The biggest trick comes at the end of Act 1, without any spoilers, it really is something to behold and will leave you wondering how it’s done for the rest of the evening.

Special mention must be given to the costume designer Teresa Nalton who has excelled here; I’m not sure there is a sequin or rhinestone left in south west London! Every costume is show-stopping and wonderfully eye-catching.

This is a traditional telling of the story, so of course despite the best efforts of our villain it all comes together in the end and everyone gets their happily ever after. Cinderella finds her Prince, the Baroness finds herself locked away and the audience have had a lovely time!

This is a wonderful family show, it’s a perfect traditional pantomime with all the jokes, songs and heart you could wish for! Make the trip to Wimbledon this festive season and treat yourself to this delightful night out!

You can book tickets to see Cinderella at the New Wimbledon Theatre, here.

Written by Rosie Browne 

**photography by Craig Sugden**

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