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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“A riotous panto”

The Epstein Theatre panto doesn’t need celebrities on the poster to sell itself – the familiar faces of Michael Chapman, Lewis Pryor and Claire Simmo have become firm favourites.

Writer, director and dame Chapman subverts the story to his own comic ends, with a script that scrapes past the censor by the skin of its teeth. Pryor’s Muddles has a much more developed role than in this show’s short run at Easter 2016. He knows how to work the audience.

There are a number of references to the story of Snow White but much of it is swept aside to make way for a more panto-by-numbers formula. Mia Molloy and Alex Patmore give solid performances as Snow White and her Prince, but they don’t get much of a look-in as the show is all about the fun and frolics. Kim Woodburn’s sneering Wicked Queen celebrates little but her own status, as does Derek Acorah’s clunky pre-recorded magic mirror.

There’s some good choreography for the show’s seven dancers, supported by a troupe of children, and energy levels are maintained throughout. But its the regular stars who make it, not the TV names.


Production Details
Production nameSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs
VenueEpstein Theatre
StartsDecember 7, 2018
EndsJanuary 2, 2019
Running time2hrs 20mins
AuthorMichael Chapman
DirectorMichael Chapman
Musical directorTom Tharp
ChoreographerHolli Jo Bradley
Set designerLhk Productions
Lighting designerGreg Jones
Sound designerJack Halliwell
CastAlex Patmore, Claire Simmo, Daryl Holden, Derek Acorah, Kim Woodburn, Lewis Pryor, Mia Molloy, Michael Chapman
ProducerEpstein Theatre
VerdictA riotous pantomime in which the real celebrities are its own regular stars.
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