Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln – ‘cheerful and effervescent’
It’s good to see panto flourishing at the New Theatre Royal Lincoln, a venue that was given a new lease of life three years ago by Mike and Natalie Hayes-Cowley. This is an abundantly cheerful show, with lots of exuberant choreography and a cast who give their all, sometimes doing three performances a day.
A pick-and-mix approach to the Snow White story tends to create individual acts and appearances rather than developed characters who move the plot along, so Joey Howard’s doggedly determined Dame – “I’ll whip you into an early frenzy if it kills me” – doesn’t get on nearly as often as he’s worth. Sophie Gaudie’s Snow White is a sparky party girl, Christopher Johnson an engaging Muddles and Paige Cook a villainous Wicked Queen to Amelia Lily’s Unicorn Fairy.
There’s a novel take on the Magic Mirror, some aerial ballet and a very credible performance from the children playing the Dwarfs. But at 10 minutes short of three hours, it’s too long. It stretches the story beyond its limits. Yielding to the temptation to include just one more song and dance, one more delight, is well-intentioned but there’s a danger of killing with kindness.