The World’s Biggest Panto may just be the greatest ever

It has been billed as the World’s biggest panto, the only one that could boast of a cast of 100, an award winning gospel choir and a Bollywood dance troop. Cinderella opened in Birmingham at the Barclaycard Arena on Sunday night and it is totally wowing audiences with his mixture of panto, circus, dance and song. It is more than a mere pantomime, it may well be the ultimate Christmas spectacle. I was spellbound.

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We all know the story of Cinderella so I don’t think I’m spoiling the surprise for anyone when I say all the elements of the original story are in place, albeit with a slight twist in the tale. The handsome prince and his trusty sidekick Dandini are played by Dick and Dom with lots of verve and fun, and plenty of bogie mentions. The ugly sisters are very ugly indeed, as played by Brum faves, Foxy and Giuliano from Free Radio, all local jokes and stubble, whilst Hannah Grover is a perfect Cinders, pretty, pert and with the voice of an angel.

But of course, there are two comedy stalwarts in this panto, and they both absolutely shine like true stars. Paul O Grady is just hilarious, as dry and acerbic as ever as The (Fairy) Godfather, from the minute he flies in he has the audience captive, especially in a scene with a rather wonderful (talking…well sort of) horse, or when he scares off a 3d snake with a ‘Birkenhead headbutt’.  He makes a wonderful double act with the brilliant Bradley Walsh, playing Buttons and literally holding the whole thing together with his wit and wisecracks. No one is safe from Walsh, not even a little boy taking a toilet trip. This is a performer at his peak, making that huge stage is own.

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Cinderella is the most fun you will have this Christmas, warm and funny, and full of traditional Christmas cheer, from familiar songs, singing and dancing reindeers, polar bears and penguins, even with snowballs that bounce around the auditorium. As I mentioned in the introduction, the whole performance is a spectacle – from Bollywood Dreams singing and dancing to Slade, to the fantastic Birmingham Community Gospel Choir totally wowing with their amazing voices and gutsy performances. There were also fantastic feats performed circus style and the 3d effects which added to the all-round feeling that you were witnessing something truly special.

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With a finale that could be bottled and sold as Christmas, this is truly one of the greatest shows the Barclaycard Arena has seen. I loved every single minute of it. An absolute must see.

Cinderella has two performances per day concluding on Christmas Eve. Find Ticket information here.

The World’s Biggest Panto is coming to Birmingham

“…With a cast of over 100 performers including celebrity funny men Bradley Walsh and Paul O’Grady, and children’s TV stars Dick and Dom, the World’s biggest pantomime will run from 20-24 December 2015. Fun for all the family, witness spectacular performances, including a visit from Santa Claus himself, plus stunning 3D mega vision special effects!…”

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The World’s biggest Panto is coming to Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena this December. Combining a huge cast of over 100 performers, and taking place on an enormous stage in Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena, ‘Cinderella’ is going to be a spectacle not to be missed. The new pantomime takes all the classic elements of panto, and then makes them 100 times bigger and better. There will be a 50ft Castle where the ball will take place, stunning costumes and brilliant set pieces that will transport the whole audience towards Christmas and the festive season in true style.

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With a cast including Bradley Walsh, Paul O’ Grady and Dick and Dom, the show promises to be hilarious, with jokes coming thick and fast. Expect all your usual pantomime jokes and schemes, but with a marked differences, including 3d effects and, the novelty value of being the biggest pantomime around.

 

Cinderella – The World’s Biggest Pantomime

20 – 24 December 2015, Barclaycard Arena

http://www.barclaycardarena.co.uk/whats-on/cinderella

Information

Performance times:

Sunday 20 December 7.15pm

Monday 21 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm

Tuesday 22 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm

Wednesday 23 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm

Thursday 24 December 11am & 3pm

 

Tickets priced at £46.06, £38.50 & £27.70 (including admin fee & 70p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee.

Tickets on sale now from www.cindersbham.co.uk or 0844 338 8000.

 

 

Cinderella brings sorbet colours to Kaliko

Forget 50 Shades, for fans of fairytale romance and opulent costumes, the real cinematic treat of the year opens next month. Kenneth Branagh’s retelling of Cinderella, featuring Downton Abbey star Lily James as the epoynmous heroine, has already received some great reviews, and promises to bring frothy, glittering fun to the screen, with dresses fit for Disney princesses.

From the stills that have already appeared online, Cinderella is a sumptuous, visual feast. For girls who grew up loving the classic Disney version, the good news is that when Cinderella does get to the ball, she is still wearing a blue gown…and what a gown it is. Think every little girl’s dream of a princess dress and you get the picture, blue tulle, sparkles and frills, and acres of petticoats. The super pretty Lily James wears it brilliantly, and the dress is sure to launch thousands of fancy dress costumes for little (and not so little) girls.

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The sorbet colours of the ball scene, lemons and pinks, greens, and of course blue, are setting the agenda for the beautiful new looks from Kaliko. Their latest collection is frothy and feminine, with prom style dresses created from lace and silk fabrics, with beading, ribbons and floral applique adding to the opulent looks. The overall effect is one that is supremely pretty, perfect for summer weddings and special occasions. The collection is also full of dresses that would make a great choice for a bridesmaid or maid of honour.

Kaliko welcomes Spring with Ice Cream shades

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And…just in case you were wondering about the evil stepmother and the Ugly Sisters, check out a sensational Cate Blanchett breathing fire into that particular role.

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