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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock – ‘family-friendly’

Anne Nolan and Emma Brown in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cannock. Photo: Jon Keeling Anne Nolan and Emma Brown in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cannock. Photo: Jon Keeling

This success of this Snow White owes much to the creative talents of George Critchley who not only directs but produces it and is responsible for the script. Oh and he also stars in it, as Dame Duddles

It’s a traditional family panto and what it lacks in opulence – the sets are practical rather than sensational – it makes up for in the collective enthusiasm of its hardworking cast.

Leading the team is Anne Nolan, revelling in the evil of her Wicked Queen, though she reminds us of her musical abilities with a fine rendition of the power ballad This is the Moment.

The first act is rather wordy, with not too much for younger audience members to react to but the pace quickens and the comedy increases after the interval. By the time we get to that old panto favourite, The Twelve Days of Christmas, the whole house has been won over. Emma Brown makes a delightful Snow White, while Grant Brookes excels as lively Henchman Ramsbottom, demonstrating a nice line in circus skills.

This is definitely a ‘tried and tested’ panto rather than anything particularly fresh and original but it gels rather nicely and is never less than pleasant.

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An enjoyable family-friendly panto that doesn’t attempt to break new ground.