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Panto review: Cinderella, Salisbury Playhouse

BACK with a bang this year, the Salisbury Playhouse team positively sparkled with their festive feel-good pantomime Cinderella.

Packed full of topical local references, sing-along songs, beautiful costumes and an ever-smiling cast, the dazzling show had all the right ingredients for an evening of panto magic.

The show begins as the enchanting Fairy Showbiz (Jade Johnson) arrives aboard a shooting star welcoming audiences back to the panto after three long years.

(Picture: The Other Richard)
(Picture: The Other Richard)

In the role of Cinders is Jasmine Triadi, who sings beautifully and delights audiences as she showcases some very clever inventions she has created. Alongside her, the handsome Prince, played by George Olney, is equally charming, demonstrating some excellent dance moves.

Combining old-fashioned fun with up-to-the-minute references, this year’s Ugly Sisters Hashtag and Viral (Lucy Alston and Fergie Fraser) appeared in the form of social media influencers. The flamboyant duo make a great comic double act with lots of topical humour and clowning around to appeal to young and old.

Panto dame Lady Stella Hardup is played by Daniel Goode to great effect, appearing in an array of stunning costumes with some very comical facial expressions to boot. His love interest is the prince's page Deldini (Alex Crandon) whose role is written as a nod to Del Boy with catchphrases like “lovely jubbly” and “you plonker”.

(Picture: The Other Richard)
(Picture: The Other Richard)

Together the pair made a great comic duo, creating lots of fun opportunities for audience participation – including the brilliant Taco song.

Sets were colourful and creative, quickly transporting the characters from a creepy Forest to Cinders' kitchen and the grandeur of the ballroom

Music for the show was a winning combination of timeless classics and recent chart hits complemented by an array of TikTok dance routines and colourful numbers performed by the ensemble of young dancers.

Cinderella is on stage until 8th January. For more information and tickets visit wiltshirecreative.co.uk or telephone 01722 320333.

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