You Shall Go To The Ball, Thanks to Cinderella at Venue Cymru – Review
Ah Pantomime season has arrived, “Oh no it hasn’t”, “Oh yes it has” and this year’s show at Venue Cymru is the delightful Cinderella a family show that will delight all ages with its comedy, music and performances from the brilliant cat including The Wanted’s Tom Parker who is joined by Natalie Winsor, Chris Bewsher and of course, Cinderella, Carly Burns.
Press night for Cinderella was a packed out show and you can see why the pantomimes at Venue Cymru are so popular, the lavish set designs, production and overall feel of the show certainly has you in the festive spirit, making the evening or afternoon, depending when you see Cinderella, a delightful and fun trip to the theatre.
Cinderella marks Tom Parker’s first time taking to the stage and stepping into the magical world of pantomime, Tom made his stage debut in the hit musical Grease which toured to Venue Cymru and broke box office records for his critically-acclaimed leading role of Danny Zuko.
You Shall go to the Ball Cinderella
Now most of you will know the story of Cinderella, a young girl who is treated badly by her ugly stepsisters, she only has a good friend Buttons, who is secretly in love with her, to cheer her up, her rather loopy father that has tried his best to give Cinderella a happy and wonderful life only for it to go wrong and for them to end up penniless!
The cast of Cinderella put on a wonderful performance during the night with West End and musical theatre sensation Natalie Winsor bringing magic to the stage as the Fairy Godmother, Natalie has such an amazing singing voice that it carried beautifully to the audience.
One of my favourite characters from Cinderella has always been Buttons and in this year’s panto, he was played brilliantly by Herbie Adams, every moment he was on the stage, the theatre seemed to have that jolly feel as he brought so much comedy to the production, wonderful to watch and hysterical to listen to.
Something that I wasn’t too sure about at first was Dawson Chance as Baron Hardup, Cinderella’s father, Dawson is a ventriloquist and the puppet that he first brought on the stage did freak me out a bit and I have to admit that I didn’t find it funny, but later on as he came on the stage with other puppets, I found myself chuckling away, especially the little dog puppet as it “piddled” on the audience.
I adored Carly Burns as Cinderella, her stage presence certainly made the show feel professional and very panto, she is a delight to watch on the stage and even more so to listen to with her amazing vocal talent, and her moments with the ugly stepsister, Claudia (Bobby Delaney) and Tess (Stephen McGlynn) was brilliant to watch.
Talking of Claudia and Tess, as soon as they got onto the stage for the first time, they absolutely had the audience eating out of the palm of their hands, the outfits are fantastic, very panto and rude, but hey it wouldn’t be panto without those crazy outfits that the ugly stepsisters wear would it!
Chris Bewsher was very good as Prince Charming’s servant, Dandini, and his performances with Tom Parker were lovely to watch and listen to, especially some of the songs from The Greatest Showman.
That only leaves with Prince Charming, I have to say that Tom Parker was great as the character, he had great stage presence with the cast and certainly brought the character to life for this year’s pantomime, not only does he look good on the stage, he sounds great as well, a wonderful performance and I do hope that he will continue with other pantomimes in the near future.
The music for the show is performed with pure professionalism from the band, Tim Hammond, Steve Brickley and Neil Rowland and it was wonderful to listen to.
A special mention also has to go to the Pearl Shaw School of Performing Arts, that is based in Colwyn Bay, the children who were performing on the stage in many parts, including guards and forest animals, were fantastic, their flawless choreography is wonderful to watch. Their teachers and themselves should be proud of the wonderful work they have done in their time on the stage in Cinderella.
Cinderella is a wonderful production this year at Venue Cymru and it has certainly got me in the festive mood after seeing the show, as I mentioned earlier the production of the pantomime is brilliant QDOS Pantomimes have brought us a show that will have you laughing in the aisles, singing to the songs and shouting “oh no it isn’t” and “oh no your not” to your hearts content.
Don’t miss the show, Cinderella is on at Venue Cymru, Llandudno until 30 December, tickets available from the Venue Cymru website or via the Box Office 01492 872 000.
Have a magical time with Cinderella at Venue Cymru, Llanduno
A wonderfully put together pantomime at Venue Cymru from Qdos Pantomimes, a joy to watch and it certainly gets you in the festive mood.