Muddy reviews: Cinderella on Ice
The spins, jumps and lifts in this Wycombe Swan production of the classic fairy tale are frankly jaw-dropping. Read my review, grab the kids and go.
I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I’ve had zero interest in ice skating after Torvill & Dean threw themselves into the volcano in Bolero back in 1980. I don’t watch Dancing On Ice on TV, I avoid ice skating rinks (I’m the classic ‘hold onto the edge for dear lifer’) and I don’t like the cold.
So it’s more remarkable that I am sitting here typing this review, because Cinderella on Ice was actually brilliant – fun, entertaining, clever. The ‘Russian Ice Stars’ (no more description needed apparently, I can tell you nothing!) twirled, triple salchowed and twinkled through two hours of the classic fairy tale, and the audience, initially reserved and politely clapping in that terribly British way, were whooping by the end of the show.
Some of the skill was jaw-dropping – at one point the Prince (who reminded me, disconcertingly, of Nick Clegg on ice – TV gold right there) had Cinderella above his head, holding her body with one hand while he spun around at a thousand miles an hour. Other times the Fairy Godmother, who had morphed into a Spanish señorita as the prince was searching the world for Cinders) actually stood on his shoulders with her blades on. The last time I gasped this much in a theatre I was hiding behind my hands at Fatal Attraction.
What wasn’t to like? Very little actually. If I was being super-picky, the acting could do with a bit of uplift – Cinderella didn’t seem terribly surprised when her rags turned into a beautiful dress. There were also couple of small falls, but what do you expect when a dozen ice skaters are pirouetting on a thimble? Strangely it added to the evening for me because it made it clear hard it was to deliver these performances.
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: Ice-skating fans obvs, but also families – my 12 year old daughter loved it, and there were plenty of children in the audience. The show rocketed along and maintained its interest in the second half. Ooh I say, it’s a 6.0 from the British judge!
Not for: It’s hard for me to imagine any circumstance where my husband or teenage son would ever submit to this show, but n doubt the men in your life are more well-rounded than mine.
££: Tickets start at £15.
Cinderella On Ice is at the Wycombe Swan until Sun 1 Dec. St Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE.