Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole, with his trademark fancy footwork, gleaming smile and plunging neckline, is at the centre of Qdos Entertainment’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Wycombe Swan. Cole is given several opportunities (possibly a few too many if you’re not a Strictly fan) to showcase his impressive moves.
Choreographer Alan Burkitt and the ensemble deliver glitzy, West-End-standard routines. There’s a beautiful, if brief, ballet of woodland animals, who direct Snow White to the dwarfs’ cottage. The high production values are also reflected in the set, a glittery palace that looks like a 3D Christmas card.
Naomi Cowe as Snow White is irritatingly vapid, a fault that can be attributed to the script. Robert Tripolino as Snow White’s love interest Prince Harry is clean-cut and peppy. Even the villain Queen Lucretia (Natalie Spriggs) lacks the expected edge; she does not seem evil enough.
The fairytale is padded out with variety turns from ventriloquist Kieran Powell and comedy magician and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Mandy Muden. Powell makes a warm and engaging Muddles, who is unlucky in love with Snow White. Muden makes a spectacular entrance as the magic mirror, descending from the flies in a silver frame.
The star names sometimes seem a bit of a distraction, despite being the main draw of the pantomime. Ultimately, this glitzy Snow White seems primarily aimed at adults – the one attempt to engage children from the audience is tacked on at the end.