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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

“Glitz and glamour”
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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.

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Production Details
Production nameSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs
VenueSwan Theatre
LocationHigh Wycombe
StartsDecember 7, 2018
EndsDecember 30, 2018
Running time2hrs 25mins
AuthorAlan Mchugh, Jonathan Kiley
DirectorStewart Nicholls
Musical supervisorOlly Ashmore
ChoreographerAlan Burkitt
Costume designerMike Coltman
Lighting designerChris Barrett
Sound designerMatt Grounds
CastBrendan Cole, Conleth Kane, Jason Sutton, Kieran Powell, Luke Higgins, Mandy Muden, Mark Laverty, Naomi Cowe, Natalie Spriggs, Paul Toulson, Robert Tripolino, Robert Wilkes, Steven Hardcastle, Tomos Wyn
Production managerBen Marshall
Stage managerLisa Cochrane
ProducerQdos
VerdictStar-studded pantomime that has star names, has glitz and glamour but is slightly lacking in heart
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