On Saturday we were super lucky to be invited to the opening show of Cinderella, St Helen’s Easter STEPtactular pantomime and we loved it! If you read this blog regularly you will know that we love the theatre and a good old panto so we were more than happy to head over to St Helens Theatre Royal to sample their Easter Panto treat.
Of course, it was guaranteed to be STEPS above the rest, the wonderful family show stars Steps band member Lee Latchford- Evans as Prince Charming! Lee is still achieving incredible success with the Brit award-winning band, selling in excess of 20 million records worldwide with famous hits such as Stomp, It’s the Way You Make Me Feel and 5,6,7,8 .The band also recently released their fifth studio album, Tears on the Dancefloor last April which hit Number 1 on the UK iTunes chart and has since gone Gold. Steps recently completed their Party on the Dancefloor UK tour selling out 22 arenas across the UK and Ireland so it was fun to see him back on the stage, having some fun in Panto, especially with the STEPS medley finale!
Now as with every panto, every Prince Charming needs a Princess and stepping in to those shoes, or rather glass slippers, playing Cinderella is St Helens Theatre Royal newcomer Georgina Parkinson. After causing chaos and mayhem aplenty at Christmas as Muddles, audiences will be delighted to hear that the hilarious Lewis Devine makes a welcome return to the Theatre Royal stage as Buttons (When I say BUTT.. you say TONS!) Gabriel and Willow absolutely loved Buttons and his comedy song, they also seemed to find him hilarious in most of his scenes too! Lewis does a fabulous job and in my opinion, steals the show!
No panto would be complete without a Dame, and this show has double-trouble. Making poor Cinderella’s life a misery is her ugly sister’s, the terrible twosome Kendal and Kylie – played by the dastardly Mark Newell and St Helens’ resident Dame Si Foster. As usual, the Dames steal the show with their fabulous outfits and one-liners! Bags for life and Steps jokes a plenty kept the audience entertained and giggling throughout the performance.
We have worked with the Theatre Royal in St Helen’s for a few years now, and we always enjoy the shows. It is the principal theatre in St Helens and was built by Matcham in the 19th Century . Recently renovated internally and externally with a modern glass exterior, St Helens Theatre Royal has a large capacity and stages many performances, including comedy, music, drama and excellent Christmas pantomimes. The theatre provides a wide variety of entertainment from top class comedians to musical shows and it is well worth a visit.
Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a life of servitude by her 2 ugly step-sisters, but that will all change when an invitation to a grand ball at the palace arrives. With a bit of magic and some help from her friend Buttons, Cinderella is transformed in to the belle of the ball. But what will happen at the stroke of midnight? Enchanted pumpkins, glass slippers, a sparkling fairy-tale carriage and lots of fun to entertain the whole family, be sure to book tickets QUICKLY.. it would be a tragedy to miss it!
The show runs until the 15th April and tickets start from just £13!
*Disclaimer – We were provided with tickets for the press performance of Cinderella. All opinions are my own, photography credits as stated above*