Cinderella (4 stars)


Karen Dunbar, Jenny Douglas, Kieran Brown and Des Clarke head up Glasgow's King’s Theatre panto

For all the conflicting needs of a commercial pantomime show – slapstick and continual visual flair for the kids; just enough of a sense of structure and bite for the adults with them; ropey jokes and song and dance routines (here, to pop hits like ‘Gangnam Style’ and Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’) for everybody – the panto at Glasgow’s King’s surely remains one of the market leaders.

This latest take on Cinderella is studiedly traditional and all the better for it, whipped up to a fast pace by director Tony Cownie and visually marvellous both for the sets, the costumes and the effects.

With strong support from Steven McNicoll and John Ramage, and Jenny Douglas and Kieran Brown anchoring the piece with the straight roles of Cinderella and Prince Charming, the possibly slightly overlong at three hours production turned on three excellent comedy turns: the endlessly watchable Karen Dunbar as a crude Gorbals Fairy Godmother, a sharp Des Clarke as Buttons and a winningly grotesque and ludicrously dressed pairing of Gavin Mitchell and Gordon Cooper as the Ugly Sisters. Clarke’s tribute to late King’s panto stalwart Gerard Kelly in the dedications is appropriate – he would surely have approved.

King’s Theatre, Glasgow, until Sun 6 Jan


Join Cinders, her dashing Prince, some glass slippers and an over-sized pumpkin in this perfect rags to riches story for panto season.


1. Kierbro18 Dec 2012, 12:49pm Report

Don't miss the Prince & Cinders at "A West End Christmas In Glasgow" on Sunday 23rd December, at 29 Members Club, Royal Exchange Square, from 9.15pm! All the fun and festive sparkle of the West-End... with a Scottish twist!

Taking a small break from playing Prince Charming in "Cinderella" at the Kings Theatre Glasgow, Kieran Brown (Wicked Les Miserables, Love Never Dies) and musical director Niall Bailey (The Last 5 Years, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd) present an evening of yuletide merriment! Join them for an intimate night of Christmas themed songs from some of the greatest musicals ever written! Songs you know, songs you don't (but should!) presented by Kieran, Niall and Stirling born Gillian Ford (Sound Of Music, Pitlochry, Songs For A New World), taking a detour from terrifying kids in St Andrews where she is playing the evil queen in "Snow White" at the Byre Theatre! We're bringing all the glitz of the West End cabaret scene to Glasgow for what promises to be an unmissable night out full of sparkle and laughs, in the gorgeous setting of The Supper Club at the ultra exclusive "29" members club!

Special guest singers on the night will include Glasgows favourite "Cinderella", Jenny Douglas, "Wicked" stars past and present George Ure and Jacqueline Hughes, "Phantom of the Opera" star David Kristopher Brown, and Scottish singer & musician Simone Welsh!

Tickets are £18.50 each. Please read below BEFORE you book! As we are strictly limited to 150 seats (possibly a few free standing), you are advised to book tickets in advance by emailing, or calling 07920164752.

*Tickets are refundable ONLY if cancelled 24 hours in advance.

*A limited number of tickets will be available on the night at the door (but we are expecting to sell out in advance, so don't leave it to the last minute!)

The show will start at 21.15 and finish at 23.00. The bar will remain open throughout the show. The venue is located at -

29 Royal Exchange Square
G1 3AJ

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