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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘exquisite’

Frances Mayli McCann and ensemble cast in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh. Photo: Douglas Robertson

Local, topical and packed to the gunnels with exquisitely executed routines, the King’s Edinburgh take on Qdos’ Snow White is a resounding success. Driven by the regular trio of Allan Stewart’s dame, Andy Gray’s daffy wee boy and Grant Stott’s baddie, this is variety panto in which set pieces take precedence over plot.

The blatant success – this is the best the trio have ever been – must in part be ascribed to Gray’s increased prominence. Less of a foil to Stewart, more of a partner in comedy, the shared laughs are louder and deeper while Stewart’s own impact is increased as his skills as an impressionist shine even brighter.

Greg Barrowman and Frances Mayli McCann in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at King's Theatre, Edinburgh. Photo: Douglas Robertson
Greg Barrowman and Frances Mayli McCann in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. Photo: Douglas Robertson

Stott, too, feels better employed. His Wicked Queen is something of a triumph: she earns her boos, is the focus of some pretty nifty stage magic and even gets the odd song and dance routine.

Frances Mayli McCann gives a feisty Snow White, very much her own woman despite the classic plot. Her soaring voice is adequately forceful for the overloud sound design. Her Prince, Greg Barrowman, is equally lusty of lung. The seven dwarfs, played Oompa Loompa style by tall men on their knees, add a strong Scottish element.

A naff, technologically curious mirror provides the only poor note in a show which sings, dances, laughs and even shoehorns a redemptive element into its plot.

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Stewart, Gray and Stott hit their peek in a variety-driven panto