Review: Cinderella, Mercury Colchester

There’s nothing better than a traditional pantomime to get you in the festive mood, and the Mercury Theatre in Colchester hit the nail on the head with this year’s production of Cinderella.

The action starts in Stoneybroke Hall where poor Cinderella is made to do all the chores by her step mother Baroness Evilla. Meanwhile Prince charming is searching for a bride, a grand ball has been organised where the prince will choose his princess and all the eligible suitors have been invited, including Cinderella. But will she ever get to the party? She has nothing to wear, she can’t dance and she has two ugly sisters that insist she should stay at home… It’s not looking good for poor Cinders.

Packed full of fun and laughter from the start this production is a real winner, especially with the younger members of the audience, who were clearly enjoying themselves.

Some clever musical arrangements and a very strong cast brings the story to life. A special mention to Dale Somerville as Buttons who was a real hit, his great comic timing had everyone laughing – He could very easily have a one man show of his own!

Pantomime is a great way to introduce children to the theatre, and this production of Cinderella is perfect. With a beautiful set and a Disney like feel, brilliant vocals and lots of fun it is sure to be a big hit this festive season.

Cinderella is at the Mercury Theatre until Sunday 11th January. To book tickets contact the Box office on 01206 573948 or you can book online at

Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine
Pictures: Pamela Raith Photography