Cheryl goes to the ball
Cinderella, The Central Theatre,
By Wendy Atkins
With implausible characters, an unbelievable storyline and a
happy ending, Cheryl Fergison must have breathed a sigh of relief
to finally be out of EastEnders so she can play the Fairy Godmother
in this year’s panto at The Central Theatre.
It started with a lash of lights as the fairy (Fergison)
appeared. She got the audience started on their cheering ready for
the fun to come, not to mention several inevitable EastEnders
Britain’s Got Talent star who plays Buttons, did not disappoint. He
kept the show moving along nicely with lots of one liners and
impressions including digs at Cheryl’s former soap cast member
Steven McFadden (who plays Phil Mitchell).
There was a pretty Cinderella, her father Baron Hardup, who took
every opportunity to show off his Gangnam Style dance moves, a
handsome Prince who sang well and his assistant Dandini, who spent
a lot time running away from the Ugly Sisters – Chavyarna and
The Ugly Sisters were the stars for me with their catchphrase of
“ain’t we adorable?” followed by “shut it” after the audience booed
them. I lost count of their costume changes which included large
watermelons and a fancy frock resembling a helter-skelter. There
were great songs, one-liners and innuendo all the way, something
for the grown-ups to chuckle at while the kids looked bemused.
It was our first panto and by the end I was booing and cheering
with the rest of them.
Cinderella runs until Sunday, January 6. Tickets £12 to £22.
Box office 01634 338338.
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