Reviewed by Sandra McGhee
On behalf of What’s Good Do, I had the pleasure of being invited to press night to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and felt extremely lucky having this privilege. I sat with my guest in row G which was perfect seats, I can highly recommend those seats for a very good view (especially seeing the little ones smiling faces throughout the evening).
Everyone knows the traditional magical fairy tale of Snow White, however Evolution Productions were the genius producers of bringing this Panto to Dunstable. Paul Hendy and Emily Wood, Producers of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, really did hit the mark literally (10:10 is the rating I would not hesitate to give for everything) they certainly knew how to get another fabulous panto together (they also produced Sleeping Beauty last year which was also fantastic). Each year the panto’s bring something different, it’s obvious to all that so much imagination and thought has gone into bringing this spectacular show together.
Throughout the evening great audience participation, which the little one’s love (and older parents) all taking part. The audience ranged from 3 upwards and there was so much laughter throughout the evening (with the typical cheesy jokes expected in a panto and lots of it’s behind you). It was a real joy seeing some very happy faces, especially the younger generation that may have been their first panto experience. What a great introduction to a panto.
The cast who should all be very proud of a magnificent panto (they all worked perfectly together). Superb sets and scenes throughout, no expense spared.
Charlie Brooks (known to most playing Janine Butcher from EastEnders) and known to some for winning I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2012. Charlie made a dramatic entrance, she really played the character of Queen Ivannah extremely well and I was very surprised to hear this was her first panto performance, she was a natural and made a spectacular entrance. The audience throughout gave her plenty of boos! She was very convincing on being an evil step-mother to Snow White. It’s no wonder Charlie was chosen to play this evil character. She was a real natural, into her character and really grasped the audience with her little announcements of her humour and wit!
Richard David-Caine (Herman the Henchman) recognised from Cbeebies won Best Supporting Actor at the Great Britain Pantomime Awards at a production of Snow White at another theatre last year, I can understand why. He was just brilliant and really did have everyone in stitches. My guest said is he German as he kept up a German accent throughout the evening which couldn’t have been easy. I think one thing I will not forget is the wedgy scene, it was hilarious.
Joseph Elliott (also known to most from Cbeebies) who played Muddles was superb too, what a great likeable character that warmed to everyone.
Will Kenning (Director and played Nurse Molly) was fantastic, absolutely hilarious with his stunts and jokes (think has to be my favourite).
Joanna Sawyer (Snow White), everyone loved this beautiful character and deserves big credit for her part played. All the above cast do of course along with last but not least Damien Walsh (played Prince Charming) certainly ticked the right boxes on playing young Prince.
Not forgetting the most brilliant Dwarfs, Brian, Cheeky, Loopy, Groover, Smiler, Sniffly and Sarge all were magnificent in bringing the panto together with their cheeky antics and jokes throughout. All had their unique style of character and was all adorable.
All the Villagers danced exquisitely, including the younger Villagers (the Purple team from local Dance School On Pointe Dance Academy, big shout out to them!). It was a real delight seeing the younger girl’s proud faces beaming with pride throughout when they were performing. Another favourite scene included the dancers was the animal scene, really was magical and I can imagine was difficult wearing those heavy masks! They did really well.
Little young Snow White (Daisy Jeffcoate) was absolutely adorable, so confident and beautiful little voice (had the whole audience in meltdown) and transfixed when she popped onto the stage at the start of the evening.
Panto like nothing else. His behind you (was one of the scenes to tune of Ghostbusters), not forgetting a really original Freddie Mercury scene, which actually was my favourite, pure genius.
The audience was blown away at the end. Standing ovation for all involved.
The cast, dancers, creative team, production team (include musicians) should give themselves a big pat on the back. I can’t wait to see Peter Pan next December!
I’ve already spread the word recommending all go and see the dazzling sets, spectacular costumes. If you haven’t booked up already, this is definitely a must. You will not be disappointed, guaranteed a really good giggle for the whole family!
Tickets cost from £15.50 to£25.50 (booking fees may apply).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable from 7-31 December 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01582 602080.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080