Cinderella will get an immersive twist this Christmas in a family show that sells itself as an alternative to panto.

Set in a state-of-the-art pop-up theatre tent in the gardens at Chiswick House, Humdalila Prodcution’s version of the classic fairytale will take families into the story and offers up twists including the Fairy Godmother partnered with an illusionist, an acrobatic lizard, dancing mice and a live orchestra.

Performing twice a day from December 16 to 31, the company was brought to life by Mary Monro, who owns children’s boutique theatre company Stage Star Events.

She said: “I believe that aside from the myriad of pantomimes at Christmas, there is little choice for the public when it comes to children’s musical theatre.

“We have created a whole new world for Cinderella to exist in and are thrilled to bring this bespoke event to life.

“Stepping away from the traditional panto, this production aims to bring surprise and magic to our audience over the Christmas period. We promise no audience member will be left disappointed.”

Before the show begins, children can enjoy face painting and balloon art while there is a licensed bar for the adults and a pop-up restaurant serving meals.

Tickets cost from £30. Go to

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