Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Streetwise Cinders Doesn't Deserve to Go to the Ball; THEATRE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Streetwise Cinders Doesn't Deserve to Go to the Ball; THEATRE

Article excerpt

Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON

Cinderella

Lyric Hammersmith

THIS alternative Cinderella features a romantic hero with a fantasy about a multi-storey car-park, a hippy fortuneteller with a sherry habit, and a longsuffering heroine whose menial tasks include cleaning a helter-skelter with a toothbrush. Its funky fairground setting is part of a brave attempt to rescue a fairytale for children pressured to be streetwise from the cradle - but it ends up less of an imaginative roller-coaster than a production with as many hits and misses as any coconut shy.

Take, for instance, the ugly sisters, who both look like Cleopatra on one of her more butch days, and do a line in puns that would make any prospective Antony die of boredom. The National Theatre of Brent's John Ramm and Antonio Gil Martinez wrestle courageously with increasingly ludicrous costumes, yet comedic episodes like the dance of the Cactus Queens - where Cinderella is invited on as Sanderella - seem inane exercises that aptly prove to be a humourless desert. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.