The best-known and loved of all Pantomime stories, ‘Cinderella’ tells the story of the daughter of the mysteriously absent Baron Hardup* of Hardup Hall. Bullied by her stepsisters, and destined for a life of drudgery, Cinderella escapes the clutches of her spiteful family when her Fairy Godmother whisks her away to the Grand Ball at the Palace.
There, she meets the Prince, who is smitten with the beautiful mystery guest. He is himself masquerading as his own valet, Dandini, while Dandini pretends to be the Prince. The night ends with neither the Prince nor Cinderella discovering who the other really is. On the stroke of twelve, Cinderella leaves, but loses a slipper.
The Prince, determined to find his new love, travels house to house to find the owner of the footwear. True love triumphs, Cinders marries into fabulous wealth, and the Baroness and her obnoxious daughters are left to lament what might have been.
*Baron Hardup is not in it because he’s boring
Cinderella was awarded Runner Up Prize for the Best Panto category in the NODA 2013 London Region awards.
Review from the National Operatic and Drama Association
“Panto when it is done well is one of the cornerstones of the British theatrical tradition that can really brighten up a gloomy winter and this was all of that and more. The group have developed and honed the art of panto and produced an excellent show which will stay long in the memory. The show was appreciated by the capacity crowd with adults and children alike getting into the spirit. Grounded firmly in the traditions of the genre this was a real treat.
A thoroughly well thought out show was delivered with a strong spirit of fun throughout which really created a magical experience.”
Read the full NODA Review of Cinderella (January 2013)
“Just to say how much I and my friends enjoyed Cinderella last Sunday. The cast peformed very well. We thought the sketch about the video action replay was excellent - it was so clever and the two characters were faultless”
“We had such a brilliant time. You cannot beat a snowy afternoon, a church hall and men dressed as women!”
“Saw it last nite brilliant!!!! Haven’t laughed that much in ages excellent…”
” My wife and I took our 2-1/2-year-old grand-daughter yesterday afternoon to see your Cinderella production at St Anne’s Hall. I wanted to congratulate you on a superb show, from the acting and singing to the set and costumes. Even the professionalism of the sound cues shone through. It was also a wonderful touch that the performers appeared in the auditorium after the show. Our grand-daughter is still talking about the jaw-dropping experience of actually meeting Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother.”
Written by Paul Johnson
Performed 18-20 and 25-27 January 2013 (10 Performances including matinees) at St Anne’s Hall, Wandsworth
If you’ve not seen a panto before, have a look at our beginners guide to panto !
Photos from the Dress Rehearsal
Cinderella – Catherine Fox-Kirk
Buttons – Ashley Malster
Whinga – Keith Barnes
Moana – Peter Nower
Baroness Hardup – Owen Sawford
Fairy Godmother – Vanessa Marchant
Fairy Fubert – Joanna Dodd
Prince Charming – Catriona Lawrie
Dandini – Becca Stafford
Midge the Mouse – Katie Bryan
Moneylender – Paul Johnson
Director – Paul Johnson
Assistant Director – Keith Barnes
Producer – Julia Coleman
Stage Manager – Pippa Nightingale
Sound Operator – Ian Pring
Lighting Operator – Becca Duke
Production, Costume, Technical – Richard Allport, Sharron Stubbs
Front of House Managers – Orna Joseph, Rachel O’Reilly