CINDERELLA at Malvern Theatres this year is everything you want from a pantomime with lots of sparkle, mischief, and laughter.

The professional show is a delight to watch as attention to detail was paid to every aspect of the show, from the beautiful set to the stunning costumes.

The story faithfully followed the original story as Cinderella goes to the ball with the help of her fairy godmother.

Gemma Naylor from Nick Jr’s Go! Go! Go! was perfect as Cinderella with an amazing singing voice and some skilful dance moves.

The Ugly Sisters were the highlight of the show for me, which my nieces agreed with. David Ball and Paul Lawrence-Thomas took their numerous costume changes, including towering wigs and massive skirts, in their stride and were particularly mean and venomous to all the cast. They were extremely witty and just a joy to watch.

The energetic Mark James, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2010, was a great choice as the cheery Buttons as the children loved him and he had some great one-liners.

Alison Hammond from This Morning was also the perfect choice for the mesmerising Fairy Godmother and was particularly fantastic rapping Missy Elliott’s Get Ur Freak On.

Paul Hawkyard form CBeebies’ Old Jack’s Boat was a welcome addition as Baron Hardup.

I’ve seen many pantomimes in my time and this was one is up there with the best of them. The cast were all brilliant and it is always a pleasure to watch such a slick show.

The song choices were spot on, the baddies were perfectly horrible, and the goodies were joyous and likeable.

If you haven’t booked your tickets, now is the time as this is a pantomime worth watching.

The pantomime is once again produced by UK Productions Ltd and features the sensational Shetland Ponies live on stage, plus a full supporting cast including children from the local dance school, Cecilia Hall Dance Centre.

Cinderella runs at Malvern Theatres until Sunday, January 7. To book, call the box office on 01684 892277 or visit