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Snow White review at Kings Theatre, Portsmouth – ‘well-balanced’

Melinda Messenger in Snow White in Kings Theatre, Portsmouth Melinda Messenger in Snow White in Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

This year the Kings Theatre has shrewdly brought back several past favourites. With some of the other cast members making their pantomime debuts, it makes for a well-balanced company.

Simon Barry’s production of Snow White is very traditional without too many modern special effects, and is all the better for it. The Twelve Days of Christmas routine is superb, one of the highlights of the show, and the ghost routine is also very slickly done.

The legendary Anita Harris gives a performance of craft and care as Queen Malevola; her singing voice is still strong and her pantomime experience is vital to this production. Jack Edwards displays excellent timing as the dame, Sarah Spoilit, and even when things go slightly wrong, he cleverly makes the most of it.

Melinda Messenger proves a very amiable Fairy Sparkle, Simon Grant excels as Muddles and is so effective in the role that at times he almost single-handedly keeps the show moving. But it’s Marcus Patrick, as the Huntsman, who comes closest to stealing the show. His impact is immense and his expressions, agility and boundless energy make him a hit with the audience. Hannah Lowther, making her pantomime debut as Snow White, also has a strong voice.

While the inexperience of some of the performers is evident, the pre-interval swans sleigh scene, taking her into the forest, works beautifully.

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Experience and freshness combine in an entertaining, traditional pantomime