Ugly sisters steal the show at the Forum

Prince Charming, Eoghan Quigg, is manhandled by the ugly sisters, Brittany and Kylie Hardup played by Gerard McCabe and James Lecky in Cinderella at the Millennium Forum.
Prince Charming, Eoghan Quigg, is manhandled by the ugly sisters, Brittany and Kylie Hardup played by Gerard McCabe and James Lecky in Cinderella at the Millennium Forum.

Christmas pantomime, Cinderella, should be a shoe-in for your festive celebrations.

Cinderella, played by Ruby Campbell, is chased around the stage by William Caulfield who is a star turn as Buttons and the gruesome twosome that is the Ugly sisters, though for very different reasons.

William Caulfield as Buttons helps Cinderella, Ruby Campbell put on her nine carrot necklace.

William Caulfield as Buttons helps Cinderella, Ruby Campbell put on her nine carrot necklace.

The teenage Ruby certainly shines just as bright alongside what must be one of the most experienced casts assembled for the Forum panto. The sheer scale of the production is fantastic, the sets alone, particularly the palace of Prince Charming looks like an aspiring princess has had her dreams come true, eat your heart out Walt!

TV sensation Eoghan Quigg makes his stage debut with aplomb. The boy can sing but then again bad singers don’t come third in the X-Factor.

Of course this wouldn’t be panto without some crowd interaction and it would seem that ‘We love you Eoghan’ has become the new ‘he’s behind you.’ The teenage debutant’s confidence certainly received a boost thanks to the countless calls of ‘I love you Eoghan.’ In fact it was almost endearing to see that the many declarations of love and affection still catch the Dungiven singer off guard. A shy smile even sneaked across his face on a few occasions. If anything I would have liked to have heard Quiggy sing a few more tunes. Though that might have restricted the time given to auld dames, James Lecky and Gerard McCabe. The pair as sister act, Brittany and Kylie Hardup without doubt steal the show.

If the Hardups were not berating little Ruby they are kicking punching or nipping her.

The show is certainly driven in large parts by their incessant comedic bickering. Their version of ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ would make Scrooge himself laugh out loud! Cinderella runs at The Millennium Forum until Saturday January 7. To book tickets call the Box Office on +44 (0)28 7126 4455