This year’s pantomime from the Grove is joyful, entrancing and hilariously entertaining.
It is a true ensemble, although of particular note is Alexis Strum as Snow White, who plays her part so convincingly and with such soul and charm that it is possible to forget for a moment that this is pantomime.
With gloriously colourful sets and costumes, and a clever, witty script, the show is bursting at the seams with energy and fun.
Sue Holderness’s wicked Queen Esmerelda is wonderfully nasty, but her evil machinations are nicely balanced by the pure silliness of Dame Donut (Simon Bashford) and Muddles (Simon Burbage), who keep the audience engaged and on their toes. As well as jokes there are songs and dancing, and even a delightful ballet of woodland creatures - and there are dwarfs. Stars of TV and film, the dwarfs are expert entertainers. All are exceptionally talented but special mention must be made of Michael Walter as Growler, whose duet with Snow White was truly poignant. Their antics are the highlight of a sparkling, triumphant show.