Welcome! This is your first free article. Get more free articles when you sign up with your email.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“Entertaining and offbeat”
FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

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.


Related to this Review

Riverside Studios, Shared Experience and Exeter among casualties in ACE's "progressive" new portfolio

Production Details
Production nameSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs
VenueCorn Exchange
LocationExeter
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
ProducerKickLine
VerdictOver-long but entertaining and occasionally offbeat tenth anniversary pantomime
FacebookTwitterLinkedIn
Add New Comment
You must be logged in to comment.
Jeremy Brien

Jeremy Brien

Jeremy Brien

Jeremy Brien

Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue

Invest in The Stage today with a subscription starting at just £3.98
The Stage
© Copyright The Stage Media Company Limited 2020
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Linked In
Pinterest
YouTube