Cinderella at Cork Opera House

The Cork Opera House panto has become one of the most celebrated pantos in the country, thanks to the high quality of their productions. Last year, Beauty and the Beast broke all box office records and this year, Cinderella looks set to do even better. The panto has been running since 1 December and will continue to run until 22 January, so there’s plenty of time left this month to catch a show that critics and fans have been raving about.

“Last year’s Panto made history for Cork Opera House, being the most successful yet,” said CEO of Cork Opera House Eibhlín Gleeson prior to this year’s run. “We promise to make this year’s show bigger, sparklier and funnier than ever before. I can guarantee you’ll skip out of the show filled with panto cheer!”

It’s a promise that they’ve certainly kept, with the Irish Examiner commenting that the show is filled “with its usual smattering of topical jokes and plenty of double-entendres, the script had appeal for all ages”, while the Evening Echo praised it as “brilliant, epic…packed with jokes, songs, dancing and fun”.

And it’s not just the critics who have been impressed, with many attendees taking to Facebook to praise the show. “It was absolutely magical, we all loved it”,  “Amazing panto!!! Want to go again!” and  “I don’t know who enjoyed it more the kids or the adults” are just a sample of the positive feedback that the production has received. This is thanks in no small part to the talented people involved in the production.

Cinderella is directed by Trevor Ryan, who also wrote the script with Frank Mackey. Cork born actress Molly Lynch stars in the title role. Molly is making waves in the West End having already tread the boards alongside Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfl in Sweeney Todd and Fiddler on the Roof. The hugely popular star of last year’s Beauty and the Beast, Barnaby Hughes, returns this year in the role of Prince Charming. Co-Writer Frank Mackey takes on the hilarious role of Fairy Wanda while the double act of Valerie O’Leary and Aisling Breen have proven a big hit as the ugly sisters.

“I’m delighted and privileged to be working with an amazingly talented cast and crew,” said Trevor Ryan. “Cinderella is a very special story that has captured the imagination of children for generations, we’re holding onto that magic and adding some extra (Cork) sparkle, humour and fun to ensure the show will entertain children and grown-ups too.”

It certainly has entertained so far and will no doubt continue to do so right up until the closing night. There’s still plenty of time left to catch this enchanting tale but make sure you book soon to ensure that – just like Cinderella – you shall go to the ball.


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