The Magic of Christmas begins at The Belgrade Theatre
Written by LianeKate on November 27, 2017
This week Radio Warwickshire’s Mini Reporters Grace, Henry and Melody got the chance to review this year’s Belgrade Theatre’s Pantomime Cinderella. Written and directed by Iain Lauchlan, the panto does not disappoint. Featuring spectacular sets, lavish costumes and sing-along-songs that make a trip to the Belgrade a truly unmissable Christmas treat. What’s more, with not one but two dastardly dames in the shape of the Ugly Sisters, this year’s show is quite honestly double the fun!
The Mini Reporters decked with flashing light toys and treats were poised on the edge of their seats in anticipation of Cinderella’s quest to win the heart of the dashing Prince Charming, with of course a little help from her best friend Buttons and the enchanting Fairy Godmother. Will the evil Ugly Sisters determined to ruin her chances and as the clock strike midnight, will Cinders manage to win the Prince’s love before the spell runs out?
The Belgrade Theatre pantomime is a wonderful Christmas tradition for many families across Coventry and Warwickshire, but for the Stevenson family this year’s production of Cinderella is more special than ever. Over the last 26 years, three generations of the Stevenson family have been involved in the Belgrade panto, both on stage and behind the scenes, however this year mother Vicki and daughter Zayleigh will be performing alongside each other for the first time.
Vicki Stevenson, age 35, will be appearing as part of the professional cast for the first time having performed in the junior chorus in 7 different pantomimes at the Belgrade between the ages of 9 and 16. Since then she has gone on to a career in performing arts, appearing in pantomimes across the country, and founded Eloquent Dance Academy in Hinckley 2002 where she is now Principal.
Following in her footsteps is her daughter, Zayleigh Stevenson, age 10, who will be performing on stage, alongside her mother for the first time as part of the junior chorus made up of 27 talented young children who successfully auditioned earlier this year. Zayleigh is no stranger to the spotlight having performed in her first pantomime, Dick Whittington, on the Main Stage last Christmas.
This family’s love of theatre stems back to Grandmother Margaret Stevenson, age 75, who began Chaperoning for the Belgrade pantomime in 1991 and continued every Christmas for 20 years, until she retired in 2011. Margaret is thrilled to see her granddaughter and great granddaughter on stage together for the first time over this festive season.
She said, “My three girls all went to dance school, then my granddaughter Vicki came along and we knew straight away since she was 18 months old that she was a dancer”.
This magical rags to riches tale has been brought to life with show stopping spectacular sets, lavish costumes and a cast and crew full of the Christmas magic and wonder. If you want to spoil your little family this season, or go along with friends. The Radio Warwickshire Mini Reports would strongly recommend the Belgrade Theatre and give this year’s Pantomime Cinderella the ‘Thumbs Up’!
Cinderella will run on the Main Stage at the Belgrade Theatre from Weds 22 Nov 2017 – Sat 13 Jan 2018.
Tickets are available now priced from £16.75 for adults, £11.75 for children and £47 for families. Book now at http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/cinderella-2017-2018
Reporter @LianeKate Grace, Henry and Melody.