Cinderella Lighthouse Poole, Review

Ivanka (Miles Western), Ivana (Jay Worthy) and Cinderella (Lucy-Jane Quinlan)

He’s Behind You!!

Oh no you’re not!

Oh Yes we are!

Three fun phrases that are bound to get the audience shouting and screaming at a pantomime.

This week we were invited to the press night of Cinderella at Lighthouse Poole, and after the success of Duncan Reeves Production of Aladdin last year, I couldn’t wait to see what they had in store for us this year.

Cinderella Slipper

The kids, remembering the fun they had last year, were very excited by what was to come and the mood was boosted further by carol singers welcoming us to the theatre.

Lighthouse Poole

Just like last years Aladdin, they got the pantomime just right. It is a traditional offering which doesn’t rely too heavily on modern technology, although there is plenty for the kids to relate to.

Cinderella

The pantomime opens with a shower of magical sparks, introducing Lucy Kay as the beautiful Fairy Godmother who makes Cinderella’s dreams come true.

Fairy Godmother (Lucy Kay)
Photography by www.RichardBudd.co.uk (C) 2017

From beginning to end, the pantomime is packed full of song and dance, slapstick humour, audience participation, excellent comic timing – particularly from Jay Worthy and Miles Western as the Ugly Sisters, Ivana and Ivanka, and laughter in bucketloads.

Ivanka (Miles Western) and Ivana (Jay Worthy)
Photography by www.RichardBudd.co.uk (C) 2017

Prince Charming George Beet and Duncan Earlam as Dandini had the kids in stitches as the Prince tried to teach a very West Country sounding Dandini how to talk posh!

Lucy-Jane Quinlan plays Cinderella beautifully and the highlight of the evening was the clever transformation of her rag dress to stunning ball gown and the mice into two adorable ponies pulling her carriage onto the stage.

Cinderella (Lucy-Jane Quinlan) and Coach 2
Photography by www.RichardBudd.co.uk (C) 2017

Hubby and I love Ethan Lawrence in Bad Education, but were not sure about his casting as Buttons before we went, but he had the audience eating out the palm of his hand as the Hardup Hall servant who secretly loves Cinderella but still helps her find romance with the Prince. He also did the audience sing-song at the end which was the same song from last year which my lot LOVE and haven’t stopped singing since they learned it.

How many legs has Daddy Long Legs got……….

Buttons (Ethan Lawrence)
Photography by www.RichardBudd.co.uk (C) 2017

For those of us that remember ‘Allo ‘Allo, Richard Gibson (Herr Flick), he is impressive as Cinderella’s dopey but well-meaning father Baron Hardup and there was a brilliant Herr Flick / Yvette moment with Lucy Kay mid-way through the panto.

Richard Gibson, Lucy Kay, Miles Western, Jay Worthy and Ethan Lawrence
Photography by www.RichardBudd.co.uk (C) 2017

Of course, like all good pantomimes, there are fun costume changes, Cinderella gets her man and we get a good wedding celebration and sing-song at the end.

Well done Duncan Reeves Productions, cast and crew, you knocked it out the park again.

We LOVED it!!

Cinderella marks the beginning of a new three-year producing partnership between Lighthouse and Duncan Reeves Productions, we cannot wait to see what they do next year!!

11 thoughts on “Cinderella Lighthouse Poole, Review

  1. Ahh so much fun! We love a good pantomime!!

  2. I’ve never been to a panto before. It does look like great fun though, glad you loved it.

  3. scots2travel says:

    I love the huge slippers, and generally the props and costumes look fab. Wouldn’t mind a whirl in that pumpkin carriage myself.

  4. Anosa says:

    For many years I have wanted to attend a pantomime but not yet managed to go, I will be checking local theatres to see if they have any going as this Cinderella looks amazing

  5. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a panto! We love the story of Cinderella and this performance sounds fun. We’re off to the panto tomorrow x

  6. Marni says:

    Wow it looks amazing! We have pantomime shows here too and I’m definitely going next year. And it looks like so much fun for the kids.

  7. London Mumma says:

    I’ve never been a major fan of pantomime, but now that I am a parent, it makes for a great afternoon out.

  8. Aww such a classic family trip to make at this time of year – I can’t wait until my daughters are old enough to visit too 🙂

  9. I do love a good pantomime, so glad you all had such a wonderful time x

  10. Grant R says:

    I didn’t really ‘get’ the whole pantomime experience until a few years ago when my in-laws got tickets for the whole family for a local one in Paisley. It was genuinely hilarious, side-splitting, which I wasn’t expecting. I now look forward to it each year, although this year, the guy who wrote it was sacked for financial irregularities (!). Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Merry Christmas!

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