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The third annual New Years Eve trip east, this year somewhat nervously in the knowledge that their resident Dame, Clive Rowe, is otherwise engaged in the hugely enjoyable Ladykillers in the West End. Still, its Cinderella, so no Dame needed……

What we do get is a simply terrific baddie in the normally lovely Joanna Riding’s Wicked Stepmother (with a range of killer costumes and a Lady Gaga song to sing) and two of the best Ugly Sisters I’ve ever seen – veteran Tony Whittle and ‘newly crossed over’ Kat B – with terrific chemistry between them and as outrageous a wardrobe as you’d hope for.

This years animal collection includes the customary pantomime horse, two mice voiced by Clarke Peters and Sharon D Clark no less and a white animatronic winged horse who rises up towards the sky pulling Cinderella’s carriage – yes, you heard me,  A White Animatronic Winged Horse! Eat your heart out, Betty Blue Eyes.

The Empire was packed. The man plucked from the audience to be humiliated by the Ugly Sisters was a lawyer called Cassius! (and they managed to sew his name onto a pair of giant knickers by the shoe trying-on scene). By the time the entire audience, cast, crew and ushers were linking hands for Aulde Lang Syne, there was a glow warm enough to survive any winter.

I think three years in a row means it’s now officially annual. I can’t think of a more uplifting way to end the year, with more than a thousand strangers who feel like your best friends.

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