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CINDERELLA Production; Steve Wickenden (as Dandini); Stewart Wright (as Ugly Sisiter); Stephen Mulhern (as Buttons); Joanne Sawyer (as Cinderella); Lisa Davina Phillips (as Fairy Godmother); Directed by Mark Daines; Written by Paul Hendyt; at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, Surrey, UK; 03 December 2015; Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL; www.arenapal.com

Cinderella aims to be transform into a glitter-tastic disco ball this festive season as the Croydon Fairfield Halls stage sets out to offer one of the best pantos across the UK this year.

Croydon’s Cinderella seems to has the ability to leave a fun-filled panto audiences spell-bound as Evolution Productions aims to burst beyond the limits of imagination and aiming to zoom straight into a world of sheer delight. Stepping up to the caliber of a West End performance, Croydon’s Cinderella may leave audiences needed more.

With Stephen Mulhern leading the star-studded cast as the charismatic and loveable Buttons, the show aims to offer quick-fire slap-stick comedy, ad-hoc wit and constant musical drama. Cinderella delivers audience participation in bucket-loads as the cast quickly grab attention of the audience in the palm of their hands like puppets.

 Stephen Mulhern (as Buttons)Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL; www.arenapal.com

Stephen Mulhern (as Buttons)Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL; www.arenapal.com

Slick, swift and sensational – the costume changes have an impact on the success of this show. With twelve dress changes throughout the performance, sister Eugene and Beatrice (aka Stewart Wright and Matt Daines), take on numerous guises including a McDonalds takeway, pick n mix packs and even dress up as enormous knicker-bocker glories. However all eyes are on Cinderella’s transformation from rags to riches which magically takes place right in front of the audience. How she does it, only magicians know, however blink and one may be challenged to see it as Cinderella (played by Joanna Sawyer) may successfully leave audiences stunned with her nano-second costume change.

The panto is complete with a fairy godmother and Lisa Davina Phillip flies straight from the West End stage of Matilda to fill the shoes of a hilarious, side-splitting calypso-style godmother for Cinders. Charming the crowd and nurturing the story along, Lisa Davina Phillip seemed to be born for this role.

CINDERELLA Production;  Steve Wickenden (as Dandini); Stewart Wright (as Ugly Sisiter); Stephen Mulhern (as Buttons); Joanne Sawyer (as Cinderella); Lisa Davina Phillips (as Fairy Godmother); Directed by Mark Daines; Written by Paul Hendyt; at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, Surrey, UK; 03 December 2015; Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL; www.arenapal.com

CINDERELLA Production; Steve Wickenden (as Dandini); Stewart Wright (as Ugly Sisiter); Stephen Mulhern (as Buttons); Joanne Sawyer (as Cinderella); Lisa Davina Phillips (as Fairy Godmother); Directed by Mark Daines; Written by Paul Hendyt; at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, Surrey, UK; 03 December 2015; Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL; www.arenapal.com

Every member of this Croydon Cinderella cast involved seems to bring the most to the panto, however the charisma of the Stephen Mulhern may be the glue which cements this entire production into the complete success which aims to leave audiences clambering for a second set of tickets.

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