Laughs aplenty as the 'Marina Theatre pantomime had it all'

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

Review: Cinderella at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Outrageous costumes, ugly sisters and hilarious one-liners, the Marina Theatre pantomime had it all!

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

Returning to panto land with the tale of Cinderella, the delighted audience cheered, clapped and booed behind their masks as they watched Cinders and Prince Charming live happily ever after.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

The show got off to a sparkly start with the Fairy Godmother’s rendition of ‘Feeling Good’, followed by the ugly sisters Lav and Lou who entered to ‘Hot Stuff’ dressed in flamboyant dresses and sky high heels.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

Hats off to them for executing their dance moves in stilettos!

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

Played by Oliver Gray and Dean Horner, the sisters’ wardrobe got even more colourful and outrageous as the scenes went on, paired with some of the most fabulous wigs I have ever seen.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

A pineapple, tiger head and candelabra all featured at some point or another in their towering wigs.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

Most Read

Of course the sisters attracted the traditional ‘oh no you’re not’ chants in response to their declarations of beauty, as well as the odd boo and hiss they plotted against their step sister.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

From rags to the royal palace, Cinderella, played by Anna Morgan, lit up the stage with her stunning voice, paired perfectly with Prince Charming in their romantic duets.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

Jaymi Hensley, a member of the Union J boyband which found fame on The X Factor, played the prince and wowed me with his impressive vocals.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

My personal favourite was his performance of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’, which was executed perfectly backed by the ensemble.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

A Touch of Frost’s John Lyons played Baron Hardup, father to Cinderella, who shared many a funny moment with everyone’s favourite panto performer, Terry Gleed.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

Returning to the Marina as Buttons, Terry oozes pantomime energy and never fails to get the children singing along and the parents chuckling at his adult humour.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021. - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

As with all good pantomimes, there were comical musical scenes where one wrong move could have caused a disaster, a ghostly guest house and even a dusting of snow!

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

Cinderella continues at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft until Sunday, January 2.

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021

Cinderella the Marina Theatre Panto 2021 - Credit: Fourth Wall Photography

If you’ve missed the theatre, want some magical entertainment for the children or if you just fancy a good laugh and sing-a-long then make sure you give them a visit.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter