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.