Swansea Grand panto Cinderella criticised for being 'lewd'
IT is family fun loved by thousands of Swansea mums, dads, grans and children every Christmas, but this year's panto has been criticised for being "too adult".
Cinderella was a landmark show for Swansea's Grand — the 100th pantomime to be performed at the city centre theatre.
The annual festive shows are known for their double entendres which would mean nothing to innocent children, but would make their parents smile.
However, this year, some concerned adults have said Cinderella, which finished its run on Sunday, went a step too far.
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In a letter to the Evening Post one grandmother, Margaret Edwards, of Kittle, Swansea, said it was a "disappointment".
"The annual pantomime season at the Grand has now finished, having achieved a hundred years of putting on the annual pre and post- Christmas treat for many families and groups, including my own," she wrote.
"We have been coming annually since 1969 and this year was no exception. We were sixteen in our group with ages ranging from 2-plus to 86.
"What a disappointment; not, I hasten to add, on account of the stage settings, which were as lovely as ever, as were the dancers, the music and the general welcome from the staff.
"But (the characters of) Buttons and Cinderella were the exception to the rest of the cast, who were vulgar and frankly lewd in their combined acts.
"The worst offender was (the character of) Baron Hard-up, who would be better suited to an 'all adults show'.
"My daughters and daughter- in-law, all mums to young teenagers, were appalled too, so these are not just the ramblings of a 70-plus Grannie!"
A spokesman for Swansea Grand Theatre said the reviews for the panto had been positive.
He added: "More than 38,000 adults and children watched the panto over the festive season. We listen carefully to our customers' views and the vast majority of feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
"Panto is a show that always tries to appeal to every member of the family, and both the producers and the cast have many years experience in panto.
"The success of Cinderella means tickets for next year's panto are already selling well."