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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield – ‘jolly, high-energy show’

Sue Holderness

There’s enough energy coming off the stage here to power the whole of Mansfield, and most of it comes from Adam Moss as Muddles. He has brazenly old gags, an almost constant presence and can reduce an entire audience to helplessness and hysteria.

He does it with the familiar Twelve Days of Christmas gag, which erupts into the auditorium for a mad sequence from which no one watching is safe. “I’ve got 60-odd shows to do yet!” he protests as he tears around for another circuit.

He’s ably supported by a strong cast that includes Sue Holderness as a forthright and irascible Wicked Queen, stirring her smoking cauldron. Naomi Gisbey is a sweet and unaffected Snow White and Charles Burden is the stoutly determined Nurse.

The seven dwarfs go down a storm, and get their revenge for all the ‘short’ jokes they have to endure. Add to their number the dancing Villagers and the children and the stage is frequently full and lively, with a particularly strong scene and musical number in Down the Mine. It makes for a fabulous walk down too, with bags of sparkle and hearty cheers for the handsome Prince (Andrew Geater) and his bride.

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Verdict
Sue Holderness stars in a jolly, high-energy, crowd-pleasing panto

Production Information

Production
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Venue
Palace Theatre
City
Mansfield
Starts
December 1, 2018
Ends
January 6, 2019
Press night
December 7, 2018
Authors
Andrew Ryan
Director
Sarah Redmond
Musical director
George Strickland
Choreographer
Kirsty Sparks
Set
Jon Harris, Jason Bishop
Lighting
Kevin Greene
Sound
Kirk Jackson
Costume
Denis Blatchford
Stage manager
Dominic Waldron, Amber Taylor (deputy stage manager), Vita Ingram-Anichkin (assistant stage manager)
Production manager
Andy Batty
Cast includes
Adam Moss, Charles Burden, Sue Holderness, Naomi Gisbey, Andrew Geater
Producer
Martin Dodd for UK Productions
Running time
2hrs 40mins