We were kindly invited along to see Cinderella at Gala Theatre Durham, however we couldn't make it so our lovely Writer Rachel headed along with her family. Here is her amazing write up from the night.
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Ad| "We were lucky enough to start our festive season with a trip to see Cinderella at
the Gala in Durham.
It was a 7pm show so both boys were buzzing with excitement at being out so
late. I was nervous at having two VERY excited little people at the evening
show, but from the moment we arrived at the theatre we were met with a
warm and bustling energy. There were lots of other young children there
and neither the staff nor other theatre goers seemed to mind their barely-
It took the cast and the audience a few minutes to warm up, but within 5-10
minutes we were all drawn in and utterly won over. The sets were
gorgeous, the costumes were exquisite, and the energy was infectious.
Highlights to look forward to:
🐭 A mouse doing stand-up
🪄 Magic tricks
👿 A charismatic villain who stole every scene
❣️A charming love story
🃏 A wildly talented fairy godmother
🧚Exaggerated jokes and brilliant banter
🎶Music you’ll recognise
💃A dance off that has the audience on their feet
What to expect:
👑Drinks and snacks were available in a few different concession
stands throughout the building so no terrible queues.
👑 There was a lovely little souvenir stand which they’d thoughtfully
placed to the side so you only walk past if you choose to (price list in
photo). My husband snuck off and bought both boys a little matchbox
mouse which thoroughly enchanted them.
👑 Mice were hidden around the building which the little ones could
find to win a ‘MICE surprise’. We didn’t get a chance to do this
because my boys were too busy pretending to be mice themselves,
but a programme with colouring, a word search, and a scavenger
hunt is such a thoughtful way to make the kids feel welcome and give
the adults a bit of peace while they wait for the show to start.
👑 Yet another thoughtful gesture for families – on your way in to take
your seat you can grab a booster seat so your little one can more
easily see the show.
I know for myself when there’s a high price tag Id ither over whether to take
my little ones. For what it’s worth there were a lot of children 5 and under in
the audience and the vast majority remained engaged, laughing and
clapping straight through to the end. A few faded due to the late hour and,
like my 2-year-old, fell asleep in my arms during intermission and gently
snored through the second act, but with so many different days/times
available you should be able to find a performance which works around
Cinderella is playing until the 6th of January and has morning, afternoon, and
At £60 for a family ticket Cinderella is not a cheap day out, but what you get for the price is a professional panto the entire family will love. I never appreciate it when people describe something as a ‘must see’ or ‘not to be missed.’ This is such an expensive time of year
and one of the things I love about this page is you can easily find amazing cheap/free events to fill your calendar.
If your budget this year does stretch to a panto it would be hard to beat this one. As we left I heard nothing but
raves from adults and kids. Aidan said it was the best start to the Christmas
season ever, and as we were walking back to the car William raised his
sleepy head from my shoulder to tell us how much he loved the show."
What a lovely review from Rachel, we are so happy that they had a wonderful night at the panto to kick start the festive season.