6 December 2014 to 11 January 2015
Reviewed by Deborah Girling
I was delighted to watch this traditional pantomime along with my 7 year old daughter. The theatre sits in the heart of Nottingham city centre, only minutes’ walk from a whole host of bars and restaurants. We used the city’s park and ride tram service from Phoenix Park which was just so convenient as it stops right outside of the theatre. There are also plenty of car parks in the centre itself.
The Theatre Royal is an impressive building that has been kept to a high standard. The foyer was bright and bustling, with plenty of staff on hand for help and advice plus stands to buy snacks and pantomime merchandise from. Bars were situated both on the ground and first floor. A pianist was playing Christmas music which added beautifully to the excitement and atmosphere. There were plenty of toilets and although we had to queue, we didn’t wait for long.
There was a real buzz in the air as we took our seats in the stalls. The stage had an exciting backdrop, ready for the show to begin. Music played as the excitement mounted.
Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph starred as The Wicked Queen. Joining Lesley onstage was EastEnders heartthrob and Dancing on Ice 2011 champion Sam Attwater as The Prince. Ben Nickless returned to the Theatre Royal to play the hapless Muddles, alongside one of the theatre’s most popular pantomime dames, Andrew Ryan, who played The Nurse.
From the off, the pantomime was engaging, fast-paced, hilarious and full of fun. It managed to combine all of the traditional elements you would expect at a pantomime with a little adult humour whilst keeping everybody thoroughly entertained. That is quite a challenge when your audience members range in age from 5 to 85!
All of the actors were superb. They balanced being absolute professionals alongside having a little fun with it which added to the ‘light-heartedness’ of the pantomime. For me, Andrew Ryan stole the show. He played his part brilliantly along with Ben Nickless. Lesley Joseph amazed me with her energy and played the perfect wicked Queen. The costumes were absolutely brilliant; Nursey’s certainly deserve a special mention all of their own… just spectacular! The sets, scenery and special effects were outstanding-the best I’ve seen outside of London’s West End that’s for sure!
I took a moment to look around at the audience and it was wall to wall grins. This pantomime is perfect fun for all of the family and I would absolutely recommend it this Christmas.
Tickets cost from £15 to £31.50 (plus transaction fee).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham until 11 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.
Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND | 0115 989 5555