It’s been some years since I last went to a Christmas Pantomime, so to relive those childhood years I popped along to the Rhyl Pavilion for this years show which is Cinderella.

Featuring 2007 X Factor runner-up Rhydian as Prince Charming, 90s pop songstress Sonia as Fairy Godmother, local lad Sean Jones (buttons) who we last saw in the tremendous Blood Brothers and not forgetting Emma Nowell as Cinderella.

Most of you probably know the story of Cinderella, thanks to the Brothers Grimm, the story of the a girl who is mistreated by her horrible step-mother and step-sisters, only to eventually find true love in the most unexpected of places, it has to be one of the most loved pantomimes.

Cinderella at the Rhyl Pavilion

The Rhyl Pavilion was bursting at the seams with children’s chatter and laughter during the first night of the pantomime and it wasn’t just the kids that were enjoying an evening with what turned out to be a superb cast.

So the Fairy Godmother (played by Sonia) opened the show with an introduction to herself, the story and a wand call from her fairy boss! Then we were magically taken to the Village square where we met the lovely Cinderella (played by Emma Nowell), her father Baron Hardup (played by Gary Davis) and her step sisters Lily and Daisy (played by Jamie Morris and Tarot Joseph).

During the evening we were transported to many locations in the fantasy land via the use of some lovely backdrops and stage work, from the palace gates, forest, Hardup hall and of course the Royal Wedding.

Cinderella is packed with great music and lots of laughs, specially when it comes from the Ugly Sisters with all their lavish and over the top outfits, we even got treated to a look at Lily Hardup under the wig! A moment that had the children in the audience in hysterics as the ugly sister fell over and the ginger wig flew in to the pit to the band, so funny and really well controlled as Jamie Morris carried on with the show.

As I mentioned the Ugly Sisters’ dresses were fantastic, but let’s not forget the other outfits as well such as the royal outfits, worn by Prince Charming (played by Rhydian Roberts) and Dandini (Played by Gary Jordan) also looked lavish and rich.

The musical numbers were all nicely performed and the Cinderella and Prince Charming duets sounded just right for each other, bringing even more charm to the evening.

With Buttons (Played by Sean Jones) bringing in the interactivity for the kids during the show and his impressive memory piece with the Ugly Sisters (well done with that one Sean) it was a wonderful night to spend at the theatre and one which all ages could enjoy.

Phil Clark (who I spoke to before the show) the director of Cinderella has brought us a pantomime that so many people will remember for years to come, the choreography by Rachel Catherall was brilliant and the North Wales School of Dancing and The Gay Harris Dancers always do very well.

The Musical direction from Wyn Pearson (or Uncle Wyn as he was called from the stage) was great and in turn all the elements brought together produced a great night out, so take the kids, heck take the grand-parents as well, take all the family, you don’t want to miss this years Panto.

Our recommendation is go and see Cinderella at the Rhyl Pavilion, it is running until the 9th January, so book your tickets now via the Box Office 01745 33 00 00, online at

Have you seen Cinderella yet? Let us know in the comments section below.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham