Theatre Review: Cinderella at Grand Opera House

By Julia Parry | 18th December 2018


For top class, raucous family fun I strongly recommend going to The Grand Opera House for this year’s seasonal panto offering - Cinderella.

Despite being an ugly sister down (Ken Morley’s Covonia was sadly too ill to perform) the show definitely still went on. Steve Wickenden’s gloriously wicked Calpol was so magnificent you barely noticed his ‘missing’ sibling!

Martin Daniels

Martin Daniels brought more than a sprinkle of magic to Buttons; his warmth and enthusiasm had the audience with him all the way. My six and eight year old companions took great delight in shouting out how he had ‘done’ his magic tricks only to be thrilled when proved wrong - gasps of delight ensued when they saw real magic!

Calpol, Buttons and Dandini (Danny Rogers) performed their unique version of Twelve Days of Christmas, sabotaging each other’s props to the great delight of the crowd: a real highlight of the evening, inducing tears rolling down cheeks and painful belly laughing; exhausting to watch, let alone perform!


Michelle Heaton played Fairy Godmother with warmth and gentle humour, her north eastern lilt really enhancing the character. She looked phenomenal in her sparkly dress and flashing ankle boots and the power in her singing voice truly lit up her performance.

Three Bears Productions are yet again thrilling audiences in York with their spectacular, magical pantomime. It’s not every day you get to see a flying horse and carriage!


Definitely something for all the family: to be together, sing, laugh and shout at the stage is a joy for all ages - certainly a big hit in our household. When pushed, my young companions struggled to choose their favourite bit of the show; after much deliberation they both decided that they couldn’t decide and unanimously chirped up with "All of it!"

Cinderella is showing until Saturday 5 January. Book below for times and tickets.

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