We’re now well into December and Pantomime season has begun! I was very fortunate to have been invited to see our local pantomime, Cinderella at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford.
As soon as I entered the auditorium, I instantly felt Christmassy. The stage was already set up with bright lights and sparkles and there were a lot of very eager children in the audience ready to be entertained!
One of the first performers on stage was Cinderella herself played by Jayne Wisener. For those that have seen her picture on the poster and thought – ‘Where have I seen her from?’… She was in The Inbetweeners. She’s Irish in real life (I once met her in Boots!) but she can pull off an English accent really well!
The songs were current and the script was relevant, putting a modern day twist to a traditional fairy tale.
Well known performers in the show included a wonderfully camp Louie Spence, Michelle Collins from Eastenders but for me, Phil Butler as Buttons was the star of the show. He mimed, danced, sang and even did a really impressive magic trick. He entertained and won the audience over so well and definitely deserved the biggest cheer on the night.
The costumes were also fantastic too. The ugly sisters wore a different extravagant outfit every time they came on stage. Over the top designs included a Cornetto, Caramel Bar, Hat and a Shoe! Very impressive!
If I was to be critical in any way, my one negative would be that at the end of the first half, ponies came on to the stage pulling Cinderella’s carriage. It looked magical and their appearance only lasted about 3 minutes but it was enough for me to feel slightly uncomfortable as I personally dislike animals being used for entertainment.
Aside from that though, all of the cast were incredible and this was the funniest pantomime I have seen in years! The penultimate song including Dandini, Buttons and The Ugly Sisters had me in stitches. I love how panto has the ability to make everyone laugh with hidden adult humour that the children don’t notice!
I would definitely recommend anyone local to Dartford and the surrounding area to book up and see the show.
We’re so pleased we made it to the ball and make sure you do too!
To book tickets click the link here:- https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/kent-pantomime
Until next time!
Disclaimer:- I was gifted these tickets in exchange for my honest opinion and review.