Theatre Royal’s Cinderella starts panto season

— Chelsea Buckthorp reviews the Cinderella panto performed on December 8, without giving too much away.

Pantomime season is officially underway as Lincoln Theatre Royal’s production of Cinderella is getting everyone in the festive spirit.

The panto brings to life all that is great about this traditional family favourite. There is definitely something for everyone as comedy duo Cannon and Ball lead a wonderful cast in a thigh-slapping performance.

There are lots of magical moments that kids are going to love, full of flamboyant costumes and fantastic sets, with singing and dancing to modern pop music.

As well as a few surprises along the way, all the usual sequences are there, many of which had the audience screaming at the stage trying to help out their new friend Buttons.

Millie Jackson, aged 6, and her little sister, Ruby (3), came dressed for the occasion in their own Cinderella costumes and both said they really enjoyed it.

“My favourite bit was where we saw Cinderella in the carriage,” said Millie. She thought the two silly men dressed as women were very funny.

In fact, everyone seemed to be having a good time, and other highlights of the evening included the furniture magically dancing across the stage and a rather messy sequence involving an abundance of white powder.

There was also plenty of fun for the grown-ups, full of slapstick antics and bawdy jokes that will not disappoint. Cannon and Ball are fantastic in disguise as the ugly sisters and I defy anyone not to laugh.

Even my usually miserable, not so better half couldn’t supress a smile or the occasional chuckle, and judging from the ringing in my right ear the next morning, neither could the lady in the seat behind me.

Cinderella at Lincoln Theatre Royal runs until January 15, 2012.

Photo: Chris Vaughan