With no less than 21 Snow Whites out on circuit this year it is hardly surprising that dwarves were in short supply this Christmas. The Hippodrome had to resort to importing two from Amsterdam and one from Kenya, travelling all that distance only to suffer the indignity of being called Pops, Blusher, Wheezy and the like to avoid royalty issues with Disney.
This rejig apart, Qdos Entertainment has staged a lavish, story-led production worthy of a No 1 venue and boasting a genuinely hard-working star in Paul O’Grady’s Lily Savage. She tones down her cabaret act a tad for the youngsters out front, although not abandoning her familiar audience baiting and is at her best in the exchanges with Bill Dean’s mechanical raven Diabolo.
Much of the support comes from Snow White regulars, notably Janice Connolly’s aptly-named Nurse Nice, Sean Canning’s feline Catsmeat, David Langham’s impressive Major and the attractive Poppy Tierney in the title role. Fogwell Flax makes the most of his mimicry skills as Muddles, Andrew Kennedy displays a strong musical pedigree as the Prince, while Fiona Brice, an electric violin-playing Spirit of the Mirror, is yet another with previous Snow White form.
Bristol Hippodrome, December 19-January 18
- Carole Todd
- Qdos Entertainment
- Cast includes
- Lily Savage, Fogwell Flax, Janice Connolly, Poppy Tierney, David Langham, Andrew Kennedy
- Running time
- 2hrs 25mins