Newcastle Theatre Royal
Until Saturday 15 January 2022.
Danny Adams and Clive Webb bring their magical show to the Theatre Royal for the 17th year. Michael Harrison has produced a show that is lavish. From the moment that you arrive in the auditorium you know that this is one very plush extravaganza.
The comedy duo are joined by long time collaborator Chris Hayward who wears some of the most extravagant outfits in North East panto. The rest of the outfits, designed by Mike Coltman and Teresa Nalton match the glamour of the show. Even Ben Cracknell's lighting design matches the opulence of a West End show.
The core cast have been joined once again by Mick Potts as Dandini and South Shields own X Factor winner Joe McElderry as the Faerie Godfather. Here you start to see changes to other productions of this tale. A Godfather rather than a Godmother worked well, as did Joe's ability to sing on a number of occasions.
Combining the glamour with a great singing voice was Oonagh Cox as Cinderella. She had a flawless performance. It was a shame that we did not see more of her as, for a show called Cinderella, you end up seeing a lot more of Danny and Clive often doing things that have no relevance to the exposition of the story.
Having said that - tickets are already selling well for 2023's panto (Pinocchio) as the fans of the format want the best seats for the most popular nights. Tyneside's favourite pantomime delivers a flamboyant show every year that is, for many people, the definition of panto.
Review: Stephen Oliver
Cinderella plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 29 November 2022 – Sunday 15 January 2023. Tickets are priced from £12.50 and can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.