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Cinderella

Theatr Clwyd. Mold , Theatr Clwyd. Mold , December 9, 2015
Cinderella by Theatr Clwyd. Mold 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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