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Theatr Clwyd. Mold- Cinderella , Theatr Clwyd. Mold , December 9, 2015
At Theatr Clwyd by Theatr Clwyd. Mold- Cinderella It's December and the sound of Rock Around The Clock echoes around the Anthony Hopkins Theatre. It can only be the opening moments of Theatr Clwyd's rock panto and , with its emphasis on a clock, what better way to start this fast, funny, loud and colourful Cinderella.

The major difference this year is that Phylip Harries doesn't don a frock as Dame. Instead he plays Baron Hardup armed with some of the worst (i.e. best) puns I have ever heard him utter. And he still has all his brilliant rapport with the audience.

The men in frocks are Dan Bottomley and Alex Parry as a ferocious attack-dog pair of Ugly Sisters with the glamorous villainy provided by Amy Penston as their conniving mother.

As always the songs are a crucial part of this panto, all strongly sung and played by the company. No-one shows this better than James Haggie, squeaky voiced as a much put upon Buttons but rich-toned when he expresses his inner feelings in song.

Joe Vetch's Prince Charming has a lovely double act with Daniel Lloyd's pop-star Dandini. Equally Nicola Martinus-Smith's Cinderella has a great rapport with her fairy godmother played winningly by Lindsay Goodhand.

As usual this is the ultimate feel-good show, genuinely suitable for the whole family, young and old. Be prepared to get a bit wet, no matter where you sit, and keep an eye open for the mice. It's a true theatrical treat.

Reviewed by: Victor Hallett

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