Theatrically there’s one season I really do look forward to all year and that’s right, it’s panto time. Did I hear you say, “Oh no it isn’t”? Well, oh yes it is!
And this year has handed us a bumper bundle of great productions locally, but the one I always look forward to most is the Hippodrome’s show, and this year it doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s bigger, better staged and costumed, beautifully cast and far, far funnier than ever before, with a top cast.
Yes, this one really is the business.
It’s got big names – Strictly star Danny Mac as a truly convincing Prince Charming – and this lad really can dance!
Suzanne Shaw is a truly lovely Cinderella, then there’s the Midlands’ very own soul diva Beverley Knight who is totally the business as The Fairy Godmother. There’s Gary Watson as a very silly Dandini while Ceri Dupree and David Dale the Ugly Sisters are horribly convincing as two well-over-the hill beauties who’ve held on too long and with a frankly bad attitude. Even Midlands legends The Grumbleweeds get in on the act as The Broker’s Men.
But there’s always a star and here it’s Matt Slack. He’s been an indispensible support in the Brum pantos now for a few years, but here as Buttons he moves to star status, effortlessly funny, charming and warm with just a dangerously infective hint of tease. Here he is the master of all he surveys, his star status deeply deserved and believe me, he does what he does with charming knobs on. (Well, go on, it is panto!)
I honestly loved it from start to finish – it’s beautifully staged with never a dull moment, full of surprises, oh, and note, there’s no filth either, just good clean laugh-out-loud fun you could take your granny and her great grandchildren to too. A five star show.
Go see it – I can honestly promise your kids and your own inner child will thank you if you do.
Cinderella runs until January 28. For tickets phone 0844 338 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.