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The Shaw Theatre

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Bethbook wrote a review Dec 2019
10 contributions8 helpful votes
Rollicking along, with neither a boring moment nor an uncharismatic player, it benefits equally from a tight, simple vision completely at the service of the classic goings-on ups on stage. Creatively conceived and executed --- with so much warmth, charm and good humour --- this "Cinderella" is now to be the gold standard by which I'll judge every future panto I attend. It also needs, here, to be said that a good friend and I have been "panto pals" --- as we call ourselves --- for at least twenty years now. And that, over time, we began indulging ourselves to the extent of picking two different productions to experience annually, not just one. Sticking pretty much to the classics ("Dick", "Cinderella", "Aladdin", "Snow White," "Jack," Puss"), while sampling a wide range of theatres, styles and approaches, we've traveled the city's compass points and even beyond. However, we'd never been to the Shaw . . . and decided to make it one of this year's pair. The short version: once the highly accomplished and throughly enchanting Kelli Young first (puff!) appeared, setting everything into motion, my friend and I found ourselves turning to each other every few minutes, pure delight on our faces, grinning continually in uncritical appreciation as we never have before. . . . . absolutely through to the audience's last glimpse of the performers. All praise to ALL of them! With my own especial favourites being Matthew Curnier (a simply brilliant Buttons), Paul-Lawrence-Thomas and Nathan Kiley (uproariously arrogant and ignorant Ugly Sisters), Hollie Swain (who managed to make her Cinderella into an utterly appealing and real-seeming girl --- usually not the case) and William Tippery (a Prince Charming for once deserving of the name, managing to be both adorable and just a bit ironic at the same time).
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Sarah C wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
Really charming, traditional family panto. It's rare to see lots of small kids completely engrossed all the way through a 2 hour show, but they were, and were having an amazing time. And just the right amount of jokes for the grownups too! The cast doesn't have a weak link, all strong singer/actor/dancers who are visibly committed to what they are doing. A perfect Christmas family treat.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Bettygem wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom11 contributions3 helpful votes
This Cinderella has everything I want in a family friendly Panto. A lot of jokes for children, the occasional double entendre for adults, sparkly costumes and beautiful sets, great singing, audience interaction, nasty dames, and a pantomime pony. As the Fairy Godmother is Kelli Young and she is brilliant as a ditzy fairy who can really sing. Cinderella is Hollie Swain and she is perfect as a sweet natured heroine who evolves to stand up to her horrible step sisters, Buttons is Matthew Curnier, a genius at audience interaction. The ugly sisters, Ivanka and Ivana (Paul Lawrence Thomas and Nathan Kiley), are ‘a pair of mingers’ who steal the show with their vibrant brash costumes and their snarky words. As the prince is William Tippery, and he is too handsome for words, looking the part of a total hero. There are cute kids and lovely dance routines. This is amazing show that entertains and delivers fun for all the family, from tots to seniors. I loved it. I’d give it five stars. This is a small intimate theatre next to Kings Cross Station. There isn't a bad seat in the house. And Will, the ushers, the bar team and the box office are friendly and helpful. Great value for money.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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SteReviewer wrote a review Dec 2019
London, United Kingdom88 contributions35 helpful votes
*Spoilers below* I went to see the production of Cinderella at the Shaw Theatre on 8th December. The theatre has about 450 seats and feels very intimate which is a welcome change to the usual pantomimes you get these days where they’re in the biggest possible venue and you are one of a thousand or more audience members. Additionally, the stage protrudes out into the auditorium a few metres. This really helps to bring the cast closer to the audience and you feel very immersed. The whole cast performed their parts to a high degree and it was clear they were all having a lot of fun and enjoying themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed the ugly sisters (Paul Lawrence-Thomas & Nathan Kelly) as the way they bounced off each other and their dynamic on stage was a joy to watch. When Paul came on stage dressed as Christmas present, I almost choked on my drink! Hollie Swain has a great singing voice and was able to command the stage as well as show her vulnerabilities as Cinderella. Matthew Curnier was a welcome break to the flow of the story with his cheerful “Hiya gang” followed by the kids shouting back “Hiya Buttons!”. I particularly liked the way he delivered the usual bad puns and jokes one would expect in any respectable panto, particularly when asked why a tatty teddy bear was called Fred, to which he replies “Because he’s a little threadbare”. Dandini was played far too camp for my liking, but you could see the actor was having a lot of fun with the character, perhaps taking some inspiration from the Le Fou/Garston relationship in the recent Beauty and the Beast film remake. I wasn’t overwhelmed with Kelli Young as the Fairy Godmother, and it wasn’t until she was asked why she was tired and replied “Well I’ve been touring with Liberty X since 2001” that I realised she was the “big name” star in the show. Other members of the cast outshone her vocally, which is a shame for someone who is well-known for their singing. The dancers were excellent, especially the only male dancer who was very good. I particularly enjoyed his appearance to try on the glass slipper, with the tiny shoe hanging off his big toe like a ribbon being a very comical sight. The forest scene with the younger dancers dressing up like animals and dancing around was cute, but it did take me a minute to realise the animals with white fur and black spots were supposed to be dogs instead of cows and it was actually a scene with hounds chasing a fox. It was still very entertaining and a nice break from the song that was being performed at the time. The Ugly Sisters singing a re-worded version of “What Is This Feeling?” from Wicked to Cinderella was fantastic and very fitting as they describe how they “loathe” her, and it was the first time I’ve heard a Wicked song in a pantomime which particularly entertained me as a big fan of that musical. Additionally, the use of “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt was a great song to include given the meaning in the pantomime and also because the musical is coming to London in a few months. The stage direction was good, given the arrangement of the stage resulting in approx. 50% being in front of the furthest downstage curtain which I can only imagine causes loads of logistical issues. There were a few pieces of stage trickery and magic thrown in for good measure and this was well received by all. I was disappointed at one point as I lost my immersion in the show due to the crew being visible on stage, following a scene were Buttons and Cinderella were on a make-believe carriage and lots of items were thrown onto the stage. The characters moved downstage and the crew came on with brooms to push the items upstage before bringing in a cloth to conceal them. This took place in the kitchen, so it made me wonder why there wasn’t direction for Cinderella to say “oh Buttons, look at this, you’ve made such as mess” and then they could have done the sweeping in character and held the audience better. The use of real-life ponies to pull Cinderella’s carriage was lovely. As the cloth was pulled back to reveal them there wasn’t much response from the audience or myself as they looked like very good models. However, when they started to move and pull the carriage you heard a gasp from all and children were up on their feet shouting with parents pointing and commenting on them. The ponies were very cute and unexpected as other productions which have them promote this heavily on their advertising. The culmination of Act 1 with pyrotechnics and snow effects from high up in the auditorium covering the audience sent everyone into the interval on a high and with great aspirations for what Act 2 would hold in store for them. The lighting is superb, and it was very welcome to see the lighting designer didn’t overuse the usual audience washing technique you see used far too often nowadays in my opinion. There were only three points in the show where the lighting came up into the audience’s eyes and these added to the show instead of subtracting from it. I particularly appreciated the washes and moving heads behind the cast being set with consideration to those in the front row so they didn’t feel like it was them on stage for the duration. The sound quality was excellent due to great speaker positions and also subwoofers being used. While there wasn’t a full band the use of keyboard and pre-recorded tracks made it sound like full accompaniment and to any untrained ear it doesn’t make a difference. It was also refreshing to see the principals singing their parts instead of miming to pre-recorded versions, like you see in many professional performances. Headset microphones were used for all the principals so they were easily heard throughout. The costumes were very colourful and well-presented and the finale outfits reflect the light into the whole auditorium with shimmers of silver and gold across the whole cast. There was one big thing which really annoyed me, and this is directed at the venue rather than the production company. The venue has decided to sell LED flashing toys to the audience at £6 an item, and there is no request to keep these turned off during the show at the start of the performance. When the lights went off for Act 1 to start only a few were on, but soon every child who had one was playing with them. During supposed blackouts the kids would point their LED wands at the stage and light it up, spoiling the atmosphere completely. One can only imagine how distracting this was for the cast. Drinks prices at the bar are excessive and are higher than theatres on the west end. 330ml of beer will set you back £6, 250ml of coke is £2.50, and snacks start at £1.50 for a single chocolate bar. Given these high bar prices it is no wonder parents are more than happy to pay £6 for the light-up items. The whole production was very fun and I would recommend a visit if you have children for sure. It would be a great day/evening out for the family and is worth seeing. Tip: Sit in the first few rows in the middle if you want to be covered in “snow”. The photos on this post were taken with permission.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Joolesart wrote a review Nov 2019
Fleet, United Kingdom25 contributions9 helpful votes
Visited this theatre on Friday lunchtime for the first time. The theatre is located near to Euston and easy to get to. The show was a Radio 4 production .... The Now Show. A lovely little theatre, clean, tidy and very pleasant staff, Including DM who was a great ambassador for the theatre! Thoroughly enjoyed the show and hope to visit again in the future.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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