Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith) London Reviews and Tickets
Delightful, Entertaining, Cliched, Great cast, Absorbing
About the Show
Award-winning writer & composer Vikki Stone pens this rags-to-riches panto.
Cinderella lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. Despite them treating Cinderella like a housemaid, she remains kind and optimistic. When a ball is held at the royal palace, Cinderella is forbidden from attending, but with the help of her fairy godmother, she is transformed into a beautiful princess and captures the heart of the prince.
The winner of Best Script at the 2022 British Panto Awards, Vikki Stone, writes this new adaptation of a classic fairytale for Lyric Hammersmith's 2023 panto.
“Written by long-term associate of the panto Vikki Stone it’s a far gentler affair than any of its predecessors...Stone’s ‘Cinderella’ is a lot of fun, and if there are fewer gags for grown-ups there are definitely a lot of reworked‘90s bangers to compensate.”
“Behind all the silliness, there is genuine drama in both Cinderella’s journey and her stepmother’s redemption. Stone celebrates the sparkle, but underlines that real change has to come from within.”
"That Cinderella and her Prince imbue their odd couple romance with a palpable chemistry is both a charming bonus and a neat way of addressing a storyline that assumes Cinderella’s consent from the start."
“It’s all very warm-hearted and there’s plenty for younger spectators to enjoy, topped off by a sweet moment of audience participation during the climactic singalong. But considering the high bar that’s been set at the address over the years, it could do with a little extra magic fairy dust.”
“this year’s festive offering from the Lyric Hammersmith is fun, silly and sure to delight Christmas theatregoers. A talented cast, a track list of pop hits, as well as some absolute daftness means this ‘Cinderella’ is a success.”
"Cinderella’s magical makeover from Fairy (Jodie Jacobs) is seamlessly done and Stone cleverly writes in other transformations in a show that is buoyant, playful and daft without quite delivering that delirious panto rush."
“Too often pantos are vehicles for outdated gender stereotypes and insensitive jokes. This ‘Cinderella’, however, is a great night out and you won’t be offended. Riotous and joyful, this version of the nation’s favourite theatrical tradition is a fun and fresh show for all the family to enjoy.”