Cinderella (Brunton Theatre)
The Pitch With an utterly Hondless dad, two suspiciously virile sisters and buttons the besotted servant to contend with, Cinders has her hands full. The sisters, who already have access to more balls than you’d think, are determined to keep her away from Prince Charming’s, but she slips through their net with help from her fairy godmother. Will it all come good in the end? Ladbrokes aren’t offering odds.
The verdict Liam Rudden’s production bops along nicely with pop music, familiar routines and topical gags all spaced nicely throughout, overcoming a paucity of resources with pure gusto. At the centre, Julie Heatherill’s Cinderella shows some real dynamism, singing, dancing and gagging her way through with aplomb. So, too, there’s some strong support, with Chris Young and Graham Crammond’s dames bouncing off the audience nicely, and a really carefully crafted Dandini from Sean Kane. This production adds nothing new to your expectations of the story, but shows a capacity for crowd-pleasing that should win over the most demanding patron. (Steve Cramer)
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, until Sat 29 Dec