Qdos Entertainment presents the annual Kings Panto – Cinderella: The Fairy Godmother of all Pantomimes. A deeply cemented tradition in Edinburgh its title doesn’t lie – this indeed is a panto to trump all pantos. The established trio of Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott continue to charm and entertain their audience after 13 years running the shop!
A classic panto Cinderella is always fun to watch. Everyone knows the story but it’s a delight to see how each production brings something unique and different to their characters. This production was no different with some fantastic Edinburghian twists. Naming the Wicked Stepmother Baroness Hibernia Hardup had a nod to the recurring joke aimed at Stott who supports the team, whilst various references to Jambos kept the football jests going throughout.
As expected Allan Stewart reprises the dame role as Fairy May, Andy Gray is ‘her’ doting bumbling partner in crime Buttons and Grant Stott is the evil villain. Their partnership and charisma on stage is honestly the winning factor for this panto and it’s easy to see why they’ve been able to come back year after year. The audience is a wide range of ages and all are enjoying it. Though I must admit some of the jokes seemed a little more adult orientated this year (perhaps worth starting to think about a Saturday night show with an age limit to cater with those sorts of jokes.) However, the children didn’t seem to notice anything untoward and I found it hilarious, so I can’t complain too much!
Cinderella, Prince Charming, Dandini and the Ugly Stepsisters did well to stand out alongside the main three but they were struggling against a script that favours the comedic trio. Dandini, played by Andrew Keay, was thrown in the deep end with the final sketch which always involves the three amigos doing some sort of comedic list at full speed whilst Keay, taking part for the first time, struggles with the experienced professionals alongside him.
This panto was a spectacle to behold and as entertaining, if not more so than the years before. A great night out for all the family.