Traditional pantomime a hit with young and old

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EVERYONE knows that Christmas is for the young at heart.

And this year’s pantomime at the Playhouse Whitley Bay more than fulfils that ideal – even making sure there is something for the older members of the audience.

The story of Cinderella is brought to life on stage by Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe, who is joined by panto favourite and local lad Steve Walls as Buttons.

Packed full of laughs, and some of the best one liners from the hilarious ugly sisters David Drewitt and Danny Jay, it was a show to really get you in the festive spirit.

Where the occasional panto can sometimes fail to stay true to the original story, this show was nothing if not a traditional pantomime.

As if all the entertainment wasn’t enough they added a healthy dollop of Gangnam Style, some real Shetland ponies, and the funniest rendition of 12 days of Christmas I have ever seen that involved a lot of waterguns, and some very wet audience members, to make a thoroughly enjoyable show.

Pantomimes are designed for children, and there could be no denying the enjoyment that young (and old) members of the audience got from the show.

Steve Walls really connected with the audience (I’m still laughing at the gateaux joke), and I am pleased to see he has already been signed up for next year’s show – I can’t wait!

Cinderella is on at the Playhouse Whitley Bay until Sunday, January 6.

Call the box office on 0844 277 2771 or visit www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk for tickets.

TEGAN CHAPMAN