Cinderella, The Vaults - ★★★★ - Until January 12, 2020


This Cinderella is set in an excellently designed, working, east-end pub with all the cast in character right from the moment we enter. The landlady is a tarty harridan superbly played by Lizzie Hopley with exactly the right balance of evil and fun. Cinderella, the delightful Rosa Coduri, is a put-upon barmaid with Louise Haggerty and Megan Pemberton as her splendidly horrible stepsisters. The 'fairy godmother' here is Jimmy Fairhurst, a big rugby lad in sparkling drag who keeps things moving and interacts splendidly with the audience. We even have a pub dog, Buttons; Patrick Knowles bounces around with enormous energy and the doggy's bathtime is a real highlight. Obviously we need a Prince Charming and Jack Condon plays him as a flash, handsome, cockney geezer to perfection. He is so self-obsessed he is astounded when Cinderella rejects his proposal. Most of the traditional elements of the plot are here, but this is definitely not a panto for the children. Throughout the evening there are plenty of songs and laughs and the performances bring exactly the right touch of irony to the proceedings. There is even a little sophistication mixed amongst the low comedy; most definitely a Cinderella for today!

Reviewed by D.S.J.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆ 

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until January 12, 2020
Tue - Sat: 7:30 pm, Sat & Sun: 3.30 pm
The Vaults
Nearest tube: Waterloo
https://www.thevaults.london/cinderella

Most Popular

Safe ★★★★ Hackney Empire (online) | From April 19, 2021 - FREE

Being Mr. Wickham ★★★★★ The Original Theatre Company (online) | Apr 30 - May 1, 2021

Disenchanted ★★★★ West End Musical Productions (online) | Apr 9 - 11, 2021

Sir John Soane's Museum: Guided Tour ★★★★★ FREE

General Secretary ★★★ Thick 'n' Fast (online) | Apr 8 - 24, 2021

Soft Sessions Live In Concert ★★★★ Soft Sound London (online) | Apr 23 - May 2, 2021

Henry V ★★★ Guilford Shakespeare Company (online) | April 22 - 25, 2021

Remembering the Oscars ★★★★ (online) | Mar 27 - Apr 17, 2021

Testament ★★★★ Via Brooklyn Theatre Co. (online) | Mar 27 - Apr 24, 2021

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, Park Theatre - ★★★★★ - Until January 4, 2020

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings