There’s enough energy coming off the stage here to power the whole of Mansfield, and most of it comes from Adam Moss as Muddles. He has brazenly old gags, an almost constant presence and can reduce an entire audience to helplessness and hysteria.
He does it with the familiar Twelve Days of Christmas gag, which erupts into the auditorium for a mad sequence from which no one watching is safe. “I’ve got 60-odd shows to do yet!” he protests as he tears around for another circuit.
He’s ably supported by a strong cast that includes Sue Holderness as a forthright and irascible Wicked Queen, stirring her smoking cauldron. Naomi Gisbey is a sweet and unaffected Snow White and Charles Burden is the stoutly determined Nurse.
The seven dwarfs go down a storm, and get their revenge for all the ‘short’ jokes they have to endure. Add to their number the dancing Villagers and the children and the stage is frequently full and lively, with a particularly strong scene and musical number in Down the Mine. It makes for a fabulous walk down too, with bags of sparkle and hearty cheers for the handsome Prince (Andrew Geater) and his bride.