Panto is back in Bristol and this year the Hippodrome is playing host to an icy themed version of Cinderella filled with fun, laughter and the wonderful skating of Torvill and Dean.
Bristol’s history of delivering top quality panto fun shows no sign of stopping with this retelling of the famous tale with our skating stars sharing the role of the Fairy Godparents, King Crispin and Queen Juniper, along with all the regular favourites in Buttons and Cinders,
and the awesomely awful Ugly Sisters who make regular appearances in increasingly outrageous costumes,
While lighter on comedy than in previous years there is still fun a-plenty and lots of audience participation thanks to Jarred Christmas as Buttons, the Ugly Sisters and the superb Dandini who belts out tunes as well as he delivers the laughs.
We’re treated to some brilliant singing too from Rhiannon Chesterman as Cinderella, with loads of dancing and tunes to get the audience joining in.
We loved the brilliant set changes and big song and dance numbers which also saw a real wow moment as Cinders is magically transformed from her rags to sparkling ball gown right in front of our eyes. It’s a brilliant moment, quickly followed by the appearance of some real Shetland ponies to pull her carriage – a lovely touch which made our children gasp out loud.
Torvill and Dean make regular appearances throughout the show, with Christopher Dean delivering some authentic Bristol dialogue (from ‘Cheers Drive’ to ‘Me Babber’!) and lots of references to their Olympic performances.
As stars of the show Torvill and Dean get their moment in the spotlight as we get hints of what’s to come – we won’t spoil the surprise but it’s safe to say that grown ups will recognise the tune!
Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome is a wonderful pantomime for all the family, filled with fun, music and comedy which will put a Christmas smile on everyone’s faces.
You can find out more about Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome website.
We were guests of the Bristol Hippodrome for the purposes of this review, but our views are our own.