Mister Cinders, Sheringham

Bridge Theatre have revived a 1920s classic from Clifford Grey and Greatrex Newman's plot and the catchy tunes of Vivienne Ellis, including the hit song Spread A Little Happiness.

By KEITH CUTLER

Bridge Theatre director Freda Kelsall, choreographer Amanda Howard and musical director Roger Bowen have revived a 1920s classic from Clifford Grey and Greatrex Newman's plot and the catchy tunes of Vivienne Ellis, including the hit song Spread A Little Happiness.

The staging of Mister Cinders in Sheringham Little Theatre's limited space is cleverly devised, utilising the central aisle for entrances and exits.

In this Cinderella story the heroine is transformed into Jim Lancaster (John Goodrum) – the eponymous Mr Cinders – drudge of the household of domineering aunt Lady Lancaster (Elizabeth Williams), her compliant husband,George (Derek Wright) and her sons Lumley (Oliver Hume) and Guy (Christoper Irvin).

Into this enters an American millionaire (David Gilbrook), his attractive daughter Jill (Suzanne Earnshaw) and her cousin Minerva (Karen Henson).

Lumley and Guy are surrounded by their friends, “bright young things” of the period's social set, played by Karen Worth, Jacquelyn Mills, Helen McCombie, Brandy Doubleday, Josh Lincoln and Ben Haslam, who also plays a comic policeman.

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Jill poses as a maid, thereby becoming a female Buttons. She persuades Jim to attend the fashionable ball at the millionaire's home, allowing the cast to don colourful fancy dress and where Jim gives an hilarious impersonation of the Earl of Dittisham, an explorer; and meets Donna Lucia (Judy Daykin), a South American heiress. To this large cast should be added Smith, the butler (Richard Benbow).

t Performances continue until Saturday September 1 and then from September 10-15.

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