Richmond Theatre Review – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
I couldn’t go last night, so my brother went with his family instead and loved it. His review below:-
Last night we represented “Family Affairs” by taking the children to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Richmond Theatre. I’ve never been a massive fan of pantomimes and was very proud of myself for hiding my lack of Christmas spirit from the kids.
I have to say however, hand on heart, that this show is totally and utterly brilliant. From the moment we arrived it became instantly clear to me that I’d possibly just never been to one of this calibre. The backdrop alone looked amazing so I knew we were in for a treat and the children were lucky enough to have received invitations to come up onto the stage in the second half.
Beautiful costumes, wonderful choreography, stunning scenery and superb performances from the incredibly well-cast company of actors makes this the perfect remedy for anyone with children who might not be feeling very Christmassy yet. I kept glancing down at the children and they were nothing but completely immersed. This pantomime breathes life back into this much loved fairytale in a clever, hugely funny and thoroughly modern way and truly succeeds in making children and adults alike feel like children again. I found myself immediately relaxing into it, swallowing my humbug and sinking effortlessly into the magical unveiling moments.
Jo Brand was superb in her role as the Wicked Queen. She was so relaxed and engaging and so it was easy for us to do the same. She had us both despising and loving her at the same time and the children, with a little encouragement got straight into it, hurling boos, hisses and general abuse at the stage which she was quick to respond to in her all-too-witty JB signature way. Of course all the other traditional ingredients were there too, including the best rendition of the magnificent seven I’ve ever seen and a royal couple to die for.
So, has my faith in Panto been restored? Possibly. As long as I can just watch this one over and over again.
Photo Credit: Craig Sugden