Our eagerly anticipated Christmas show Cinderella: A Fairytale has just a few performances left and we have been bowled over by the fantastic reviews, audience comments and phone calls of praise for this gem of a show. We knew it would be a goodie, but this really is one very special production!  Here is a roundup of reviews so far…

“The piece is delivered by a superb ensemble of five and a live band, with a real sense of fun but also some genuine emotional clout. The Tobacco Factory always lays on a good Christmas show, but this one is a real classic, an exquisite Cinderella for all seasons that gets right to the heart of the story and offers its own delicious and surprising twists.

Small, but really rather beautifully formed, this is not just a great Christmas show, but a great night for all times and all ages.” **** Lyn Gardner, The Guardian READ FULL REVIEW

“the story feels as fresh as the day it was first told… Cookson and her excellent cast have created an irresistable piece of theatre. Cooksons’s production is a funny heart-warming beautiful piece of stage craft, expertly steered by swing-inspired music from Benji Bower… this Cinderella is a treat.” ***** Elizabeth Davis, The Indepedent  (to read full review see Download on right hand side of this page)

“This non-panto fairytale from the Tobacco Factory and Travelling Light is so bewitching that you’d gladly watch it in a heat wave. Every beat of the story is reinvented with precision and panache. It’s no mean feat to make the most familiar fairytale of them all scrub up quite as fresh as this. Let’s hope it has a life beyond this holiday season. Because come on, Bristol, it would be selfish to keep this one all to yourselves.” Dominic Maxwell, The Times (to read full review see Download on right hand side of this page)

“... this is a wonderfully funny as well as a very different pantomime, right from Edwards’ staccato double takes through to Lisa Kerr’s feisty Ella, wearing a pair of Jimmy Choo crystal slippers to die for, and Thomas Eccleshare’s geeky, bird-watching Prince.

... yet another delicious Tobacco Factory Christmas treat.” Jeremy Brien, The Stage READ FULL REVIEW

“First off, this reviewer hasn’t seen a TF audience go quite this ballistic for a show since 2005’s ‘Robin Hood’ – this time round it’s almost as much fun watching the glee levels of the audience, particularly the kids, as it is watching the actual show. And because ‘Cinderella’ is cunningly done in the round, the audience has a 360 degree view of itself as well as the stage. The second half is a riot, both sides of the fourth wall.

This show has much to recommend it: a soulful, light-footed script by dramaturg/playwright Adam Peck, masses of movement and dance made all the better by having a choreographer (Joêl Daniel) on board, upbeat music from the brilliant Bower brothers, some hilarious cross-dressing (pink net and beards do look so well together), love and romance, and a bit of well-judged comedic gore that passes the trauma test with flying colours. Cast and direction are strong, the central couple are made for each other, and Lucy Tuck quietly steals the show with beautifully nuanced turns as both the sharp-nosed, arsenic-tongued Stepsister and the Queen.

Forget hooks and crocs and hasten to the TF for lindy-hops and Docs. You will have a ball. “

“I’m smiling so much that my face is aching.”

That was what I overheard someone sat a couple of seats down from me say part way through the second act of Cinderella; it summed up perfectly how I was feeling too.
The show is easy to follow, not overly wordy, has some fabulous choreographed routines and is very, very funny. Not only was my face aching from smiling so much, at times my stomach was also aching from so much laughter. The music; composed by Benji Bower and performed by him and his brother Will; is perfect, with some lovely mellow, jazzy moments; as we left there were children dancing in front of their seats, showing its appeal to all ages.

This production of Cinderella is quirky, imaginative and innovative and last night provided my most enjoyable night at the theatre this year – I loved it.”
Guide 2 Bristol READ FULL REVIEW

“Raucous best describes the audience through much of Cinderella at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, well-versed in putting on one of Bristol’s best Christmas productions and who have once again struck gold thanks to this winning production from Travelling Light, directed by Sally Cookson.

Featuring superb live music from Benji and Will Bower, and some sublime touches of comedy, action and dancing, this latest retelling of the centuries-old fairytale is an utterly charming family show with a twinkle in its eye.”
Bristol Culture READ FULL REVIEW

“If there is one show this Christmas guaranteed to get the audience talking afterwards, it’s Cinderella at the Tobacco Factory Theatre.
Cinderella has been one of the few shows where vigorous boos and hisses could be heard reverberating across the Southville area. This kind of pantomime interaction from the audience is very rare and a testament to the wonderfully evil and psychotic Step Mother played by Craig Edwards.

Created by Travelling Light Theatre Company, Sally Cookson doesn’t let the audience down with this sometimes highly stylised yet wonderfully twisted fairy tale. At times the show is beautiful. It’s always magical and the overall production simply wonderful.

This show will make you gasp in horror, boo at the Step Mother and make you laugh until your face aches.
You will never see a Christmas show this fantastic ever again.”


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