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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Published Wednesday 12 December 2012 at 13:20 by Pat Ashworth

It’s always an advantage when the panto director is also the writer, because they pull the very best out of the script. And Andrew Ryan’s script is a nice one, a perfect vehicle for a small and talented cast, exuberant dancers and a very engaging line-up of dwarfs.

I can’t imagine anyone doing sweeping disdain better than Tupele Dorgu, whose Wicked Queen would be at home in some executive boardroom, firing the directors en masse. Her big number is I Wanna Be Evil. She looks fabulous, moves well and the audience love to hate her as much as they love to love Mark James’ clumsy, childlike Muddles. It’s a marvel how he gets through The Court of King Caractacus without tripping up.

He’s well paired with Charles Burden’s demure Nurse, whose bedtime strip of a thousand garments (or so it seems) is the funnier for being done deadpan. Nia Jermin is every child’s idea of what Snow White should be, and Nick Walton is a strong and robust Prince. Highlights of lively song and dance numbers include a variation of Twisting the Night Away with the full cast. When they’re all on stage together, they exude a happiness that warms.

Production information

Palace Theatre, Mansfield , December 1-January 6

Andrew Ryan
Andrew Ryan
Martin Dodd for UK Productions
Cast includes:
Tupele Dorgu, Nia Jermin, Mark James, Charles Burden, Nick Walton
Running time:
2hrs 20mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15 2014