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Cinderella Reviews


Ian H Watkins as Buttons in Cinderella Venue: The Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, Preston
Run: 05.12.06 - 29.12.06 (See all dates)
Character Played: Buttons

Be transported to the mythical, mystical, magical land of Fairy Godmothers, handsome Princes and ugly sisters with this production featuring a host of pop songs that will leave you dancing all the way home!



The Stage

By Robin Duke, Published 28th December 2006
This production concentrates on movement and colour, replacing familiar songs and dances with cutting-edge MTV-style pop and rock (including tracks by the Killers and Sugababes).

Helen Ternant is attractive and approachable as Cinders and with the voice of a disco diva she makes a real impression. Matt Wilman approaches Prince Charming with a similar enthusiasm. Both trained at Phil Winston’s Theatre Works in Blackpool, where the panto’s innovative choreographer Emma Turner teaches, specialising in street dance.

Kivan Dene is Paris Hardup, one of two audacious ugly sisters. Working for the first time with Alan French (as Nicole Hardup) they make a fearsome, funny and frightening partnership which should secure their panto future for years to come.

Former Steps member Ian ‘H’ Watkins is likeable enough and full of energy as Buttons but sounds like Joe Pasquale on helium - and unlike his co-stars needs some pre-recorded help when delivering a megamix of some of STEPS’ biggest sellers.

Fiona Egan plays her Wicked Stepmother like a malevolent Joan Rivers, Kirk Jameson is a posh Dandini and Jo Lloyd’s Fairy Godmother proves popular.

Seven senior dancers and up to a dozen youngsters from the Sandham Fitchett School of Dance guarantee a full stage and plenty of action.




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