Cinderella at The Everyman
We are now well into Panto season, and this year we were excited to be invited to our first one at The Everyman. The pantomimes at the Cheltenham theatre have a very good reputation, and tickets sell quickly. This year’s production of Cinderella is no exception, with tickets still available towards the end of the run which finishes on 12th January 2020.
The whole pantomime had a very polished, professional feel to it. The singing and dancing from the whole cast was strong, complimented by the beautifully designed sets and costumes. There were some stunning visual effects – most memorable being Cinderella appearing to fly above the audience. The Ugly Sisters and Dandini provided plenty of comedic moments, and they would have stolen the show if it weren’t for Tweedy the clown, playing Buttons.
We had never seen Tweedy performing before, and were excited to see what all the fuss was about. We were not disappointed. Tweedy started the performance by warming up the audience, with help from his pet Keef the Iron. Emily was immediately won over by his clowning, but I could see Freyja looking slightly irritated by his inability to keep his hat on his head. However, as the pantomime continued, and Tweedy wowed everyone with his musical talents and ability to ride a teeny tiny bicycle, Freyja was soon laughing along with all of us.
I think all of us were laughing through most of the pantomime. There were so many funny moments, and plenty of jokes. There were quite a few risque jokes which went over the heads of the children watching – although Emily did ask us what we were laughing at a few times. The funniest moment of the whole show has to be Tweedy’s cleaning scene at The Ball. I would happily pay to see the pantomime again purely to re-watch that bit.
The pantomime had all the traditional elements that you would expect. Plenty of local areas and landmarks were referenced. There was messy fun as Tweedy planned to cover the Ugly Sisters in ice cream. And of course there was audience participation. A man called Adam at the front of the auditorium was singled out by the Ugly Sisters throughout the show, and I could see the look of relief on Rich’s face that we were well enough back for his to escape anything like this!
I wouldn’t hestitate in telling you to go and see Cinderella at The Everyman. However, even though Rich and I really enjoed the evening, adults usually watch a pantomime when accompanying children. Therefore, I thought it only fair for my girls to have their say about the show.
Freyja’s favourite character was Buttons because Tweedy was “really funny.” She felt that the whole pantomime was hilarious “because of Tweedy.” She told me after the cleaning scene that she thought she was going to laugh her head off! She also loved the clothes worn by the Ugly Sisters. These really were nothing short of artworks and completely over the top. Ugly Sister Tina wore one based on a champagne bottle, but Freyja particularly loved the vegetable-inspired one worn by Ugly Sister Flo. She thought both Ugly Sisters were really funny too, and enjoyed them talking to Adam in the audience.
Emily did enjoy all the funny moments from Tweedy, but Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother were her favourites, based upon “their pretty dresses”. She particularly loved Cinderella’s ballgown because “it was sparkly” and her glittery shoes. At aged 6, Emily was really taken in by the visual effects, which both amazed her and scared her a little. In one scene in the Spooky Forest, some of the characters encounter the Headless Horseman of Hucclecote – after plenty of shouting “Behind you!” from the audience. Emily was unsure about whether this was an actual person inside the costume as “his head was separate.” She did think it very funny that the ghost was scared away by the Ugly Sisters though!
There are plenty of pantomimes in the area to choose from. However, Cinderella at The Everyman is a really quality production, and the thing that sets it apart from all the others is Tweedy. If you haven’t got tickets for a pantomime yet, then I really would urge you to get yours for Cinderella before it sells out.
If you do miss out, then tickets for next year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk at The Everyman are already on sale here. Running between 27th November 2020 and 10th January 2021, with tickets costing between £5 and £40.
Disclaimer: We were provided with tickets in exchange for review of the performance. However, as always, all thoughts and opinons are our own and we would thoroughly recommend Cinderella at The Everyman.