Review: Swan's panto is a huge success with Richie stealing the show

Bucks Free Press: Shane Richie and a doggy helper. Photo by Robert Wakeman Shane Richie and a doggy helper. Photo by Robert Wakeman

SHANE Richie is the King of panto- he can sing, he can dance and most importantly he had both children and adults in stitches.

He is the star of the show at the Wycombe Swan's pantomime, Cinderella, which started last weekend and runs until January.

The word spectacular is often used too much with pantomimes but it really is a sight to behold- there was a flying horse and cart, explosions and even 3D.

It started with a toe-tapping rendition of Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling, which set the pace for the rest of the show.

And there were great songs throughout with the Ugly Sisters singing a toe-curling version of Lady Gaga's Born This Way and a funny performance, mainly down to Richie, of Glee's Don't Stop Believin'.

But the music was just a small part of this brilliant panto with the Eastenders star really making it what it was.

Richie, who plays Cinderella's best friend, Buttons, just knows how to work an audience- it doesn't seemed forced at all and he is a great showman.

He burst onstage singing Olly Murs' Dance With Me Tonight before he proceeded to edge his way through the audience stalls and dance with one of the mums.

Back onstage he joked and pranced his way through the show- with silliness galore for the children and a few more risqué jokes for the adults.

His facial expressions alone just made me laugh and he seemed to put his all into it and wanted everyone to have a good time.

Carly Day excelled as the beautiful Cinderella and had a great voice, as did Sean Needham as Prince Charming.

Martin Ramsdin and David Robbins were brilliant as The Ugly Sisters- they had numerous outfit changes, which seemed to get more outrageous each time- with their head gear challenging the heights of even Lady Gaga.

Penni Tovey shone as The Fairy Godmother and even skated around the stage, while Duncan Leighton pulled off the role of Dandini with ease and style.

The ensemble were also fantastic- keeping up their energetic dance routines throughout- and the little children from the Jackie Palmer Stage School were incredibly cute and also very good.

It's a thoroughly modern pantomime but still keeps the magic of what this British tradition is all about and there was a great buzz from the audience.

Qdos and The Wycombe Swan definitely know how to put on an amazing show and with Shane Richie at the helm it's a recipe for a brilliant pantomime.

Cinderella runs until January 5. Tickets range from £19 to £30.50. To book call 01494 512000 or go to www.wycombeswan.co.uk

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1:32pm Wed 11 Dec 13

pennman says...

He was shockingly bad a few years ago at the same venue. He just looked like he was going through the motions (literally) when he was 'dancing'.
He was shockingly bad a few years ago at the same venue. He just looked like he was going through the motions (literally) when he was 'dancing'. pennman

2:45pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Bill Taxpayer says...

Would much rather see an amateur dramatics production any day. People that do it for the love of it, rather than someone with a massively unwarranted and over inflated ego, just there to grab the money.

More fool the people that pay to witch this drivel.
Would much rather see an amateur dramatics production any day. People that do it for the love of it, rather than someone with a massively unwarranted and over inflated ego, just there to grab the money. More fool the people that pay to witch this drivel. Bill Taxpayer

9:06pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Mavericks Drama says...

Come and see The Mavericks original new panto written by a local writer, Bill!
Shows 14th and 21st December at Flackwell Heath Community Centre.
It's cheaper too, senior citizens are free and all other tickets £5!
Buy online www.themavericks.org
.uk and support local drama groups! (Non profit I might add)
@jackofatlantis
Come and see The Mavericks original new panto written by a local writer, Bill! Shows 14th and 21st December at Flackwell Heath Community Centre. It's cheaper too, senior citizens are free and all other tickets £5! Buy online www.themavericks.org .uk and support local drama groups! (Non profit I might add) @jackofatlantis Mavericks Drama

3:14pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Pussycatmum says...

I saw the panto this week and fully agree that it was excellent. We go most years and this is the best one yet! (And I agree with the above comment about Shane Ritchie's lacklustre performance in Aladdin a few years back - but he was brilliant this year in Cinderella).
I saw the panto this week and fully agree that it was excellent. We go most years and this is the best one yet! (And I agree with the above comment about Shane Ritchie's lacklustre performance in Aladdin a few years back - but he was brilliant this year in Cinderella). Pussycatmum

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