Writers Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton very sensibly haven’t tinkered with their tried and trusted Rock’n’Roll Panto formula for the Everyman’s production of The Snow Queen. Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanted mirror plot is cleverly reassembled into an evening of musical mayhem.
A pair of young lovers find themselves on a mission to recover a magic stone and save the Warm Lands from the icy grasp of Lucy Thatcher’s evil queen. Thatcher clearly relishes playing the villain again, abetted by Lloyd Gorman as her nifty-fingered, guitar-wielding henchman.
Greg Last’s score is even more eclectic than usual. The show doesn’t rely on the latest chart hits, with snippets from Gianni Schicchi and Swan Lake and a sneaky nod to Strictly popping up amongst the rock and roll favourites. All the musical and vocal performances are first rate.
The blend of genre defying music and outrageously camp humour makes for an infectious cocktail. Regular favourites Adam Keast and Francis Tucker aim their familiar barrage of innuendo right over the children’s heads. Jamie Noar and Nikita Johal are an appealing heroic duo, while Danny Burns, Barbara Hockaday and Nicola Martinus-Smith play an impressive array of supporting roles all of which really ramp up the comedy.