Cinderella’s Carriage due at The Epstein
Friday 8th June mid morning, and the Press fraternity have gathered with invited guests to meet the cast and production team of CINDERELLA Pantomime at the Epstein Theatre, Hanover Street. Think of the old Cranes Music Store and the Neptune Theatre and you have arrived. Yes we are still in our rain-soaked summer season, but this will be the first Christmas Pantomime to grace the stage of this wonderfully refurbished theatre, where a photograph of its name sake (Brian Epstein) is proudly displayed in the bar/lounge area.
Lee Kelly from LHK Productions Ltd appears on stage, recalling how at the age of just 14 he had the opportunity to perform at the old Neptune Theatre, and years later he is producing this show which he says will be one not to miss. The local influence continued as Lee introduced Simon Greening (Liverpool Radio City) in full panto costume who has the role of Dandini, Prince Charmings’s “can-do” man in the show. Simon swiftly introduced two very misunderstood characters in the guise of the Ugly Sisters, sporting that famous scouse brow and shadow stubble aka our Tracey and Stacey. Brian Dodd and Michael Chapman epitomised the wit and delivery associated by those well know pantomime characters.
Next on stage came Cinderella, played by Alison Crawford who was a finalist on BBC’s Grease is the Word, sung Adele’s renowned hit” Make Me Feel My Love” and was well received. Nikki Graham of Big Brother fame plays the Fairy Godmother floated onto center stage fairy wings and magic wand in hand . Next up, Philip Oliver (Tinhead from Brookside ) who is cast as lovable Buttons. The local thread continued with the introduction of Sonia, in the guise of Baroness Hardup, Cinder’s wicked Stepmother. Sonia sang: It’s The End of the World plus her hit recording of You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You, dressed in her glamorous sparkling blue gown.
Sitting with Ray my fellow Culture Champion in the audience at the Epstein Theatre, and listening to each artist comment on their involvement in this first ever pantomime being held in such an historical theatre was very heartwarming. The building origins from 1911, can still be seen within the structure and period features throughout the Theatre. It’s ambiance is one of cosy and intimate, giving the audience a sense of connection with the actors on stage.
CINDERELLA at The Epstein Theatre
Hanover Street, Liverpool 1
From Friday 7 December 2012 til Sunday 6 January 2013
Box office 0844 8000 410