Snow White at the Millennium Forum comes with a health warning - audiences are warned that Donegal crooner Daniel O’Donnell will not appear in person. And while this caveat may provide relief for some, diehard fans will be consoled by his magical ‘appearance’ in a floating mirror.
Gemma McMeel and Darren Franklin turn in solid performances as Snow White and Prince Charming, solid being particularly appropriate for the latter. Franklin, however, comes into his own the moment he starts singing.
It isn’t difficult to spot the professional actors among the motley crew of dwarfs - Grumbly (Andy Herd) and Loopy (Scott English) stand out.
Beautifully festive costumes and gorgeous sets, including the cutest dwarfs’ house ever, grace what is in fact the largest theatre stage in Ireland. There are occasional touches of brilliance in the lighting department, too.
But what really makes this production is William Caulfield. If being a panto dame ever became an Olympic sport, then Caulfield would surely be Usain Bolt.
With Caulfield at the helm in his glorious Titanic-themed dresses, ably accompanied by his sidekick Muddles, passengers are steered effortlessly through the funniest voyage this reviewer has ever encountered.
David McLaughlin’s hilarious script should also come with a warning. I for one will be repeating his jokes for weeks.