Thursday 14 December 2023

Cinderella Panto At Whitley Bay Playhouse 2023 Review

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Regular readers will know that we adore the Pantomimes at Whitley Bay Playhouse and have been going to see them every year since 2016! Going to the panto here is like meeting up with old friends and you know you are going to be in for a giggle and leave feeling all festive and happy. We also love the Playhouse venue as it is so comfy and is local to us as we live in North Tyneside. 


This year's pantomime is Cinderella and is the fastest selling Playhouse Panto with many dates already sold out! That shows just how popular this gem of a show really is. Playhouse legend Steve Walls is back again for his 13th year at Whitley Bay and is playing Buttons - this year. It also sees the return of  Daniel Mawston as Dame Patsy who is joined by Luke Martin as Dame Idena. Father and son double act Simmons and Simmons who stared in last years Aladdin return again as Null and Void, and once again bring plenty of slapstick humour. 

Jessica Lilley is Cinderella and Jacob Beresford is Prince Charming and the one and only Louie Spence stars as the Fairy Godfather in a very sparkly costume. And of course the famous bench has returned once again - my son adores the bench scene! 

Sadly I was working twelve hour shifts all weekend so was unable to attend the press night, my husband and three children went along to review the show and loved every minute. From the dazzling costumes, the amazing young dancers, the silly jokes and flawless singing it had everything you want from a family pantomime. There was plenty of jokes that went straight over the children's heads, twelve days of Christmas rhymes and plenty of Christmas magic. 

Of course it wouldn't be a Whitley Bay Pantomime without the famous bench scene (If you know you know) and this year it was greeted with plenty of cheers for its grand entrance for the ghost buster scene. There was plenty of shouts of 'it's behind you' and laughter from the children in the audience. 

Louie Spence was a great addition to the panto making the perfect Fairy Godfather, he had the audience in fits of laughter throughout the show. Both my children found him hilarious. 

If you are looking for a feel good panto this Christmas then get yourself along to Whitley Bay Playhouse - it is a show not to be missed. But be quick if you want tickets to the hottest panto ball in town as tickets really are selling fast. I can't wait to see what they come up with for next years production of Peter Pan - I will be making sure I am off work for it as I really missed seeing this years show. 


Need To Know 

Cinderella is showing at the Whitley Bay Playhouse until Saturday the 6th of January 2024. Tickets start from £24 (family show tickets) and are available from the Playhouse website online or from the box office. 

Running time is around two and a half hours and includes a interval. There is a onsite bar selling drinks and sweets. Flashing lights are available to buy before the show at £7 each. 

There is some free parking available at the Playhouse but it can get busy, we normally park at the car park opposite the beach near the skate park as you can always get parked there and its just a five minute walk to the Playhouse. It is also just a short walk to the Metro station and bus stops in the town centre. 

Whitley Bay Playhouse 

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