In the spotlight: Cinderella by the Miracle Theatre

Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, until 31 December

We all love a Christmas panto – oh yes we do – so when Visit Cornwall was invited to see one of the first performances of the Miracle Theatre’s, Cinderella, we couldn’t wait for curtains up. Here’s what we thought…

The Fairy Godmother’s glam new frock has always been something of a game changer for our favourite fairy-tale princess, Cinderella, but who knew what a revolution the genius Miracle Theatre could have on her rags to riches tale (well, except for Miracle Theatre’s legion of fans). 

Writer Bill Scott has turned the story of Cinderella on its head, spun it around and sprinkled a liberal helping of Miracle charm. All the favourites are still there – the hapless stepsisters (but with hilarious new names; Euthanasia and Anaesthesia), the magical pumpkin coach and iconic glass slipper – but they’re wrapped up in a Cinder’s tale loaded with unexpected twists and turns.

The audience is taken back to the year 1875 and invited by the Ffitch Repertory Players to enjoy their fast-paced fairy-tale adaptation through music, dance, comedy and spectacle - albeit performed with scant resources and questionable talent! And enjoy it the audience does. When Visit Cornwall was lucky enough to catch a matinee performance audience quips were coming thick and fast. It was a two-hour romp of laughs, guffaws and plenty of boo’s, hisses and “over there’s” with the grown-up audience members enthralled as much as the younger ones.

Miracle has a knack for producing shows that all ages can enjoy – albeit at different levels – and Cinderella was no exception. There’s innuendos aplenty and a fabulous finale that will have everyone signing, “It fits, it fits!” well into the New Year. And we reckon you'll fall every bit in love with Ratty as we did!

Another unforgettable, hysterically funny and brilliantly executed show from Cornwall’s home-grown talent, made all the more special by the venue which comes heaped in vintage charm. While you’re at the Princess Pavilion be sure to check out the Christmas tree festival for a sparkly, crafty, festive glow! There are over 15 trees all skilfully decorated by local community groups and schools.

Tickets are £15 or £10 for under 16’s. Book online or call 01326 211222.

Review by Julia Hughes who was invited to Cinderella as a guest of the Miracle Theatre.