Arc news: December 2012


Cinderella - The Broadway Panto 2012


Arc's first panto spectacular - Cinderella in partnership with The Broadway - has hit the floor running with a fantastic opening week! Delighting audiences young and old, here are some of the latest reviews following last Friday's Press Night...


"Cinderella's relentless energy, particularly within a small budget regional theatre like the Broadway, is truly uplifting and restored all my confidence in panto's appeal for generations to come... a thoroughly enjoyable show and one which doesn't cease to promote the enduring spirit of pantomime."

Read full A Younger Theatre review by Rebecca Hussein


"More East End than West End - but no less fun for that - this Cinderella is a great family night out that will live long in kids' memories as an introduction to the magic of live theatre."

Read full Broadway World review by Gary Naylor


"As one of London's most deprived areas, Barking could do with a bit of Christmas cheer and the Broadway's defiantly upbeat annual pantomime has it against all the odds... if punchy performances, a magical set and uplifting enthusiasm could be converted into cash, it would be gold coins rather than sweets raining down upon the auditorium."

Read full The Stage review by Sally Stott


"The pros are ably supported by an eight-strong juvenile chorus. They certainly prove their worth, shifting the scenery, singing and dancing, even delivering some dialogue. All very polished..."

Read full The Public Reviews review by Michael Gray


"Credit must be given to Cinderella's transformation from her simple rags into her ball gown. Even though I knew it was coming, I blinked and missed the clever trick which left the audience gasping and the magic change of clothes!"

Read full Westend Wilma review


STOP PRESS! A limited number of DVDs of a professionally-recorded performance of Cinderella are available for purchase direct from Arc for £15 each plus £2 p&p. To order, please contact Nita Bocking.


Booking and live streaming!

Running throughout December with the final curtain falling on 2 January 2013, Cinderella promises great entertainment for the whole family! For all public dates and booking information, visit The Broadway Barking, or contact The Broadway Box Office on 020 8507 5607 for the latest availability!

We are also very excited to announce that, in addition to streaming the show live to two Hospices in Hackney and Newham, Cinderella can also be streamed live to your own living room! Log on to Broadway TV and follow the instructions on your preferred date, and your family can enjoy this year's panto from your sofa for just £2.99!

The streamed performance dates are:

13 December for 10:30am performance

24 December for 4pm performance

2 January for 6pm (final) performance


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Dress Rehearsal images ©Theresa Snooks for Arc Theatre (see below for Cast list)


The Making of a Panto!

Along with all the fun and frolics, Panto is also a genuinely serious business (oh yes it is!) that demands a huge amount of teamwork and commitment from a large and dedicated creative/production team. To share some of that extraordinary process, we're giving you a rare glimpse into Arc's journey to create a show that no Christmas would be complete without... by way of a regular Blog from the Creative Team, led by Director and Producer, Carole Pluckrose! For regular updates, be sure to follow Broadway Panto Director's Blog: The Making of a Panto!

The Cinderella Team includes:

  • Director / Producer - Carole Pluckrose
  • Writer / Lyricist - Clifford Oliver
  • Composer / Musical Director - Phil Gostelow
  • Designer - Ian Teague
  • Choreographer - Owen Smith
  • Sound Designer - Steven Billington
  • Lighting Designer - Chloe Kenward

... and Cast includes:

  • Cinderella - Amy Green
  • Prince Charming - Sharif Afifi
  • Buttons / Dandini - Dean Kilford
  • Rubella - Barbara Jaeson
  • Nefaria - Ian Crowe
  • Lascivia - Andy Gillies
  • Fairy Godmother Marsha - Sally Fisher
  • plus our wonderful Youth Chorus of fantastically talented young stars! 

Cinderella is supported by


Arc diary of events

Every Saturday
Barking & Dagenham Good Causes Lottery Draw
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Til Dec '18
Secondary schools for Hertsmere Borough Council
Health & wellbeing workshops

Til Dec '18
Secondary schools for LB H&F Community Investment Team
No More Whispers FGM forum theatre workshops

Til Dec '18
Secondary schools for LB Hackney SNB
Stop & Think stop & search drama workshops

Til Dec '18
Secondary schools for LB B&D SNB
Stop & Think stop & search drama workshops

Til Dec '18
Secondary schools for Epping Forest District Council
#Consequences health & wellbeing roadshow

Til Dec '18
Nursery, Infant & Primary Schools
Oliver's Tales storytelling workshops

Throughout '18
Primary & secondary schools in London Boroughs
Broadcast/Broadcast Junior online safety programme

Throughout '18
Primary & secondary school staff
Arc's Female Genital Mutilation INSETs with Leyla Hussein

Throughout '18
B&D young people for LBBD MOPAC & Jack Petchey
Raised Voices female leadership programme

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