Cinderella at Lyric Hammersmith

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Cinderella at the Lyric Hammersmith

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We round up the reviews for the Lyric Hammersmith’s 2019 pantomime.

The Guardian: ★★★ “For all the progressive values, happily ever after still seems to require a proposal of marriage. But if the tension between trad and woke is never wholly resolved, you’ll have (just) enough fun not to fret about it.”

The Stage: ★★★★ “The Lyric pantomime has long been one of the coolest seasonal shows in London. This year it’s also one of the most heartfelt and joyous.”

The Telegraph: ★★ “You know you’re in 2019 when you’re watching a pantomime in which Cinderella (Timmika Ramsey) is a plus-sized black woman with a talent for astrophysics; her reluctant Prince (Gabriel Fleary) is one of several characters who seem to be suffering from anxiety; and there’s a sweet little romantic sub plot involving Jodie Jacobs’ hearty, pinny-sporting Buttons and Lauren Samuels’ nervily insecure step-sister Popsy.”

Time Out: ★★★★ “If I was to be Madame Meanie (as the stepmother is re-named), I’d say it’s a little short on the big, raucous belly laughs, and the slapstick routines are a bit too reserved: why a glass of gunge when you could throw a bucketful? But aside from that, this is probably the closest you’re ever going to get to a sugarplum sweet panto spr