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Which Will Be Your Favourite?
Cinderella is one of the most famous and loved fairytales around the world. There have been hundreds if not thousands of variations adapted into children's books, films, and pantomimes, each with their own take on Cinderella's trip to the ball. My favourite is probably the version by Brother's Grimm, in which the Ugly Sisters cut off their toes to fit them inside the glass slipper. Yeah, I know, I'm twisted like that.
This winter you are spoiled for choice when it comes to seeing Cinderella. There are four current and upcoming productions being performed around London. Which will you choose to take the kids to?
A traditional pantomime by Lyric Hammersmith. Delight in the humour of comedic British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc as she takes on the role of the Wicked Stepmother. Also back by popular demand is Steven Webb as Prince Charming, who played Wishy Washy the cheeky blue monkey in last year's performance of Aladdin. Then, of course, let's not forget Cinderella herself, who is played by West End star Julie Atherton. She is currently taking part in the UK tour of Sister Act as Sister Mary Robert.
Suitable for children 6 and over, tickets are between £12.50-£35.
The Rose Theatre in Kingston is putting on an enchanting adaption of Cinderella that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh you will encounter all your favourite characters from the Fairy Godmother to the Ugly Sisters; there will also be a cameo appearance by a certain composer called Mozart. Tickets are between £8-£24.
A contemporary retelling of the classic fairytale, Sally Cookson provides a quirky take on Cinderella set in the here and now. This two hour show is the perfect Christmas treat for anyone over five. Tickets are between £17.50-£27.50 for children, and £30-£40 for adults.
To celebrate their 80th anniversary, the Broadway Theatre is putting on a pantomime show of Cinderella. Andrew Hayden Smith from CBBC will make an appearance the loveable Buttons, who has always been my favourite character in pantomimes. Tickets are £15 for children and seniors, and £16.50 for adults.
Well there's the line up. Which one takes your fancy?