Review: Cinderella

By John Nathan, December 23, 2008

Lyric, Hammersmith

The best seasonal offering I’ve seen this - and any other - year is retold by Ben Power and director Melly Still with such invention, it’s like encountering the fairy tale for the first time.

Some say the macabre moments — just think how the sisters might make the slipper fit — are too disturbing for kids. But fairy tales are meant to scare. Still imbues her show with enough realism to convince and enough magic to transport her audience.

This production delivers a hugely satisfying sense of survival, and of justice served on cruelty expressed by some children with a standing and leaping ovation. Better than any critic, they know a good show when they see one.

Last updated: 10:58am, December 23 2008