Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen – ‘lacking in energy’
Comedy duo Alan McHugh and Jordan Young have been at the heart of Aberdeen’s pantomime for over a decade. Together they bring a welcome sense of continuity.
This year however, as Dame Nellie MacDuff and her bumbling son Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the pair struggle to bring things together, despite McHugh’s extensive panto writing experience.
The innuendo and double entendres are there in abundance, as is the tongue twisters McHugh creates from local place names and the local dialect. But the slapstick loved by the younger audience was sadly missing from this production.
The Wicked Queen, played by Scottish panto stalwart Juliet Cadzow, doesn’t pack much of a punch. Lee Mead, now best known for his role in TV drama Holby City, thus providing plenty of material for the script, does a decent job as Prince Harry opposite Jenna Innes’ Snow White.
The dwarves appear in only a handful of scenes adding little to the story except to remind the audience they’re watching a production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.
The ensemble and young cast members are well choreographed by David Wood, but director Tony Cownie is unable to make this this talented cast gel.
The show is not without its positives. Mead and Innes both give wonderful vocal performances that wouldn’t have been out of place in a romantic musical and Young and McHugh still have the ability to make an audience smile with nothing more than a small gesture.
But as enjoyable as the production is, it’s lacking in the energy, warmth and ability to connect to a younger audience that has come to characterise the His Majesty’s Theatre panto in recent years.
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