Fairies set for a big return

PUBLISHED: 16:50 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:55 15 June 2010

One of the great classic pantos returns to the Axminster stage this year. Cinderella is a favourite fairytale with its rags to riches story, largely due to its supporting cast of unpleasant characters

One of the great classic pantos returns to the Axminster stage this year.

Cinderella is a favourite fairytale with its "rags to riches" story, largely due to its supporting cast of unpleasant characters - namely the wicked new mother and her "ugly" daughters. Naturally Axminster Drama Club has put its own spin on the story, with a surprising twist in the Ugly Sisters, but also with three fairy godmothers instead of the usual one.

Some amazing special effects are promised, some never before seen in Axminster, which will mean that the famous 'transformation scene' has all the magic that the children will be waiting for, but with some big surprises before you get there!

A new dimension has been added to the 'be out of there before midnight' with extra magic spells and the palace having a cuckoo clock that somehow has to be stopped, with unexpected results. Add to this guest appearances from Little Red Riding Hood and The Beast, from Beauty and the Beast, and it looks set to be a great show.

This year there are several new faces on stage but also the "return by public demand" of the three useless fairies who were such a huge success in Jack & the Beanstalk two years ago.

This version of Cinderella has been specially written by writer/director Chris Lane who now has his shows, first seen by Axminster audiences, being performed in Liverpool, Newcastle, Reading and New Zealand, so an evening of spectacle, superb scenery and costumes, and particularly - laughs, is expected.

Axminster Drama Club is famous for its award-winning pantomimes, having received several regional awards in the last few years.

The show opens on Thursday, January 22 and runs for three nights, as well as a matinee on Saturday, January 24.

A pre-bought family ticket costs only £20 with adult tickets bought in advance being £7 and children and OAP's only £5.

Tickets can be bought from the Archway Bookshop, Church Street, Axminster - telephone (01297) 33595.

Further reductions are also available for party bookings.

Unfortunately, the Saturday Matinee is now sold out but tickets remain available for the other performances but hurry, they are selling fast.


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