Now the Krankies have confirmed their retirement from the pantomime scene, producer Qdos Entertainment has refreshed the largest pantomime in Scotland.
This Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs revolves around a trio of stars. Returning following his appearance in 2017, Greg McHugh provides the comic relief. In the guise of Gary Tank Commander – an odd creation, but much-loved in Scotland – he features as a Court Jester, making his arrival in a “wee Sherman tank”.
The ensuing barrage of Glaswegian rhyming slang innuendo leaves the audience in stitches. While McHugh is the star turn, his colleagues also hold their own, particularly Doon Mackichan as Queen Lucretia.
Capable of playing a convincing baddie, who has more of an air of a sadistic schoolteacher, Mackichan is a strong performer – twerking her way through the song-and-dance setpieces – and a perfect balance to McHugh. Leah MacRae’s Nanny McWee is also good value, an actor who can shift between straight acting and comedy with ease.
The trio are joined by Frances Thorburn and Matthew McKenna’s Snow White and Prince Hamish, a septet of Dwarfs and an all-dancing ensemble. Good as they are, the whole thing feels like a vehicle for McHugh, Mackichan and MacRae to each take their turn in the spotlight.