Regular visitors to Worthing Theatres’ pantomime will not be disappointed with this year’s offering. Cinderella is a lavish production complete with wonderfully glitzy costumes, up-to-date songs and plenty of opportunity for audience participation.
Previous pop group member Mark Read stars as Prince Charming. Mark has a good, strong voice and performs the role fittingly. Naomi Wilkinson (CBBC presenter) is the downtrodden Cinderella who continues to be kind to her wicked stepmother and ugly sisters in spite of their wrongdoings. Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Waite plays Dandini, Prince Charming’s faithful servant and “the best dancer in the land”. As you would expect, the dance numbers Ian is involved in are impressive.
We especially loved the character of “Fairy G” played by Katie Prichard in is an unusual take on the godmother role. Katie holds many theatrical credits and is a panto regular as well as an award-winning musical comedian.
Mark Jones returns as Buttons, Cinderellas best friend and the lovable comic of the show. Buttons admits to “recycling” many jokes from previous years, which the audience certainly forgive him for, after all, that’s really what we go for, “oh yes it is!”. Everyone in our group agreed that the show was funnier than last year.
Regular visitors to the Worthing Theatres’ pantomime will be pleased that the “We’ll have to sing it again then won’t we“ act is included again this year. The costumes become increasingly impressive as the show progresses, the ugly sisters’ outfits are superb throughout, totally outrageous. The finale has definite “wow” factor. Falling snow and other fun surprises are in store for the audience – expect plenty of delighted shrieks from younger visitors!