Back for a second year as the Lyceum’s hilarious panto bill-toppers, Cannon and Ball quickly get the audience on side. Theirs may be a dated double act but clearly, but their capers in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs still pack a hefty comic punch.
They are billed as the Henchmen but that’s by the by as their contribution has very little to do with the story of Snow White. They could be appearing in any panto; in fact at one point Ball “accidentally” refers to Snow White as Cinderella. You get the feeling that Bobby and Tommy have never even seen Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh’s script, or if they have they’ve ripped it up, leaving them free rein to do what they do best: making people laugh.
From time to time they allow Malcolm Lord to join them in their mischief-making, in his role as dame Betty Blumenthall, though this is very much the Cannon and Ball Show. Still, there is a story to be told and it plays out rather well. Jenny Gayner is a particularly delightful Queen of Lucretia, while Hollie Swain excels in the title role. The costumes are brilliant, as are the dancers – but Cannon and Ball are the real stars here.