This week I battled my feet into my glass slippers and got my laughing gear ready to have a jolly old time at this year’s pantomime, Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome.

And a jolly old good time I did have, there was plenty of traditional pantomime fun to be had and enough to keep everyone in the family entertained whether they are 6 years old or 80 years old.

Gok Wan and Lauren Hall - Cinderella

Image: Gok Wan as Fairy Gokmother and Lauren Hall as Cinderella.

The set and costumes were perhaps the most impressive I’ve ever seen in a Bristol Hippodrome pantomime. This year it’s the Palladium set and is just lovely. The flying coach at the end of the first act was magical.

Brian Conley is a pantomime veteran, with over 30 under his belt and it shows. He injected plenty of his classic brand of comedy with a decent dose of jokes for the Mums and Dads. However, that’s all interspersed with a whole load of fart jokes for the (big) kids. He’s rude, cheeky and everything you want from a panto performer.

Read our interview with Brian Conley and get his take on the performing in Cinderella here

Gok Wan and Brian Conley

Image: Gok Wan and Brian Conley in Cinderella

Gok Wan is totally charming and seemed to be having a wonderful time playing the Fairy Gokmother alongside his pal Brian, (they’ve starred in three pantomimes together before this one). Gok’s warm personality shines through and it made me wish he would come work his fashion magic on my wardrobe, just as he did to Cinderella.

The rest of the cast were flawless, Ben Stock and Neal Wright’s Ugly Stepsisters were wonderfully horrible and ridiculous in equal measures. They had some amazing costumes too.

I’m always interested to see what up-to-date references are included in a pantomime and this year they didn’t disappoint with some flossing, The Greatest Showman tracks and even a nod to everybody’s favourite earworm ‘Baby Shark’ 😉

Ugly Stepsisters

Image: Matthew Malthouse as Dandini and Neal Wright and Ben Stock as the Ugly Stepsisters

It was brilliant fun and got me perfectly into the Christmas mood, I’m still giggling along with the jokes and will probably be right until the clock strikes midnight and my pumpkin turns back into a coach. This is a pantomime with something for all the family and I dare you not to come out without a grin on your face

Cinderella runs at The Bristol Hippodrome twice a day, for a matinee and evening performance, every day Monday – Sunday (excluding Monday 17th and Friday 21st December) up to and including Sunday 6th January. Buy tickets here

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Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome
Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome

Bristol audiences shall go to the ball this Christmas as Cinderella transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and with the help of her hilarious friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.

The Bristol Hippodrome
Bristol Hippodrome theatre inside

One of the country's top provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions.