Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – ‘dazzling’
Oh, the innocent fun to be had with a cucumber. Paul and Barry Elliott, aka children’s television favourites the Chuckle Brothers, have honed their double act over the years: it’s slick, effortless, couldn’t possibly offend, is very funny and the audience loves them.
As the Wicked Queen’s henchmen, they are indisputably the comic stars of this show, although Craig Revel Horwood’s outrageous Queen Lucretia gives them a run for their money and is certainly better dressed. Horwood grows in stature and confidence, from a very camp opening surrounded by bare-chested imps to a show-stopping rendition of My Way.
Charlotte Haines’ sweet Snow White and her seven miniature friends (an homage to Shrek the Musical’s Lord Farquaad here) don’t get much of a look in, but her prince (Oliver Savile) makes his mark as the object of Lucretia’s lust in a tongue-in-cheek song and dance routine with the Strictly judge.
Street dancers Flawless produce some jaw-dropping moves as the Queen’s Men and the energetic ensemble fill the stage with movement and colour, thanks to the choreography of director Andrew Wright and a succession of dazzling costume changes.
Qdos Entertainment never stints on spectacle and this Snow White is not short of flash, bang, wallop with an eye-popping flying dragon, a mirror that rises spinning from the pit in clouds of smoke, pyrotechnics, flashing lights and confetti cannons.