Casually sidestepping the need to seek seven short actors to play the seven dwarfs, Qdos borrows from the Shrek musical and casts seven actors to do a Lord Farquaad and get down on their knees.
This ensemble frames the story in song and dance, while the comedy comes care of impressionist Jon Clegg, as Muddles; his gentle humour contrasts sharply with that of Jason Sutton as a leering Nurse Nancy. The largely innocent tone is maintained in the central love story, with Mia Starbuck’s winsome Snow White understandably falling for the considerable charms of James Darch’s Prince Harry.
Given this, it’s difficult to understand exactly who Jo Brand is supposed to appeal to here. It’s unlikely young children will recognise her and the material she has to work with is too lame to entertain the older fans familiar with her caustic stand-up style. While she’s a jolly enough presence as Queen Lucretia, her acting, singing and dancing skills are limited.
Matt Nicholson’s frenzied choreography occasionally seems out-of-step too, but then so much about this production looks tired, relying heavily on haze to conceal how worn out it is.