Cinderella and the Glass Slipper

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

I am not sure if there will be a further cooling off in East-West relations following this year's Theatre Royal's Russian theme for its panto Cinderella.

However, there is plenty going on in this fast-moving production, and the appearance of “Hedwig” the snowy owl “flying” around the auditorium all added to the variety.

The evil one who simply thrived on the traditional audience abuse was Countess Grimollova, played by Janet Greaves. She even wore black to denote the “e” factor.

The clear favourite with the young and the not-so-young kids was one of the ugly stepsisters Gladys Glasnost performed with flair and eccentricity by Gregory Ashton. His-her cheeky interpretation of events proved a winner.

Then Watson who played Prudence Perestroika proved it was possible to be an even more ugly sister by adding a strong masculine accent and complete lack of femininity.

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Playing the best of mates were Buttons (Joe Evans), with jokes and puns you wish to forget, and Cinderella (Jodie Kumblé), who gave as good as she got even from the evil one.

With Cossack-style dancing and the obligatory audience participation you can be assured of lots of entertainment at this panto.

t Cinderella and the Glass Slipper runs until January 20; www.theatreroyal.org