Sheffield Theatres and Evolution Productions bring the stage to life in one of the nation’s favourite fairy tales; Cinderella. This year’s fun filled family pantomime at the Lyceum is a high quality show with a strong cast and a lively sing along soundtrack. The colourful modern day choreography combined with classic set designs makes Cinders a spectacular festive stage show that delivers pure panto magic for all ages.
By far the show is stolen with over the top performances from the Ugly Sisters Donaldina and Melania played by Damien Williams and Matt Daines. Offering eye rolling tongue in cheek gags that are certain to give the audience belly laughs from the bawdy and chaotic humour they timely deliver. Utterly outlandish costumes and one liner’s from the Sisters certainly ensure the audience cackle and shriek with laughter. As expected crowd heckling participation of playful boos and hisses feed the mischief and mayhem from this love to hate villainous duo.
Cinderella boasts a traditional feel good experience with a much needed progressive message of gender inclusivity and female empowerment in the mix. With the help of the energetic Fairy Godmother played by Strictly’s Joanne Clifton, the stage transforms with a fantastic light display and jaw dropping floating carriage. We watch on as Cinderella seeks a love that is not about survival and necessity but rather a heart-felt choice.
Phil Gallaghers character Buttons has everyone onside with his bad jokes and heart of gold. He gives the good love and great friendship Cinderella’s endeared to although it is Prince Charming who captures her heart. With highly spirited stage performances and genuinely hilarious jokes there is the right amount of slap stick, chuckle and cheeky farce to keep all members of the audience engaged. The sparkly special effects and aerial displays of affection make this happily ever after production of Cinderella a must see Christmas panto for all the family.