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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“Entertaining and offbeat”

What could be more apt than a pantomime dame actually standing for Parliament in this Thursday’s General Election? Daniel Page, who is fighting Labour-held Exeter as an independent for the Panto Party Party, on a ticket for a new 1,300-seater theatre for the city, may not win. But he certainly tops the poll at Exeter Corn Exchange, where they are celebrating 10 years of professional pantomime with a colourful rerun of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, their very first venture a decade ago.

With Page on board for a fifth year at the fittingly named Corn Exchange (this time as wicked Queen Belladonna), director Ian Berry has wisely leaned heavily on the laughter quotient, helped along by a couple of imaginative plot variations. Snow White (certainly not a snowflake as played by CBBC regular Ella Gilling) is revived, for example, by a kiss from James Trafford`s eco-friendly Frog Prince rather than Sean Mulkerrin’s narcistic Prince Vainglorious.

Page also has no less than three hyper-active comic stooges – Matt Finegan (Krusty the Butler), Keeley Cooper (Batty Betty) and Will Trafford (henchman Greebo). Cut by 20 minutes (the sing-along seems to last an eternity), this could well rank as the Corn Exchange’s top of the panto pops. Top of the political poll? Less likely, perhaps.

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Production Details
Production nameSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs
VenueCorn Exchange
StartsDecember 7, 2019
EndsJanuary 1, 2020
Running time2hrs25mins
AuthorIan Berry
DirectorIan Berry
Musical directorMark Schwartz
ChoreographerTanya Euridge
Set designerRiannon Cheffers-Heard
Lighting designerDominic Jeffery
Sound designerJosh Lucas
CastDaniel Page, Keeley Cooper, Matt Finegan, Will Trafford, Ella Gilling, Sean Mulkerrin
Production managerMike Reddaway
Stage managerAmy Hughes, Lee Boyle
VerdictOver-long but entertaining and occasionally offbeat tenth anniversary pantomime
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