Get ready to shout, shimmy, boo, hiss, cheer and sing in a festive knees-up for all the family as this year Snow White is waking up in Manchester. And strictly villain turned Evil Queen, Craig Revel Horwood, is joining too.
Pantomimes have been a massive British tradition since the 1700s and for good reason. It’s a chance to let loose and belly laugh. So I couldn’t wait to see Snow White reinvented with a silly side – as is expected of a proper panto.
Snow White is the real deal
Snow White is turning 21 and throwing a birthday bash. Her one true love is invited and keen to impress. But the Wicked Queen is jealous of this relationship and plans to kill the Princess by a poison apple. Luckily Snow has friends from the Palace and Seven Dwarfs on her side.
There’s a good variety of tunes, new and old, to drive the story forward and have you bopping in your seats. It’s bursting with cheesy jokes, tongue twisters, slapstick skits, silly carols, impersonations and audience interaction. Enjoy the merry mayhem.
And it’s the perfect place for political references to Trump, Boris and even Prince Andrew. If you don’t laugh you’ll cry right? They certainly feel like a massive joke.
Long gone are the days of tacky and cheap pantos. This is a full on, quality production with lavish sets, lush costumes and leading performances. It’s the real deal.
Once upon a cast
Craig Revel Horwood certainly wows as Queen Lucretia. He looks knock out in the extravagant costuming. He’s got a crackin’ pair of lungs too, which he showcases in several solos. He’s a caricature on Strictly so it’s no surprise he excels at Panto. And don’t worry, they rightly rinse out the nods to Strictly. It’s a 10 from me!
Ben Nickless returns to the Opera House by popular demand but this time as Muddles, Snow’s bestie. Once again, he has panto down to a tee. He knows how to make the kids and adults laugh for completely different reasons. He’s the heart, soul and personality of the whole evening. His James Arthur impression had me in tears. I hope he continues in Manchester pantos for decades to come!
The Northern Dwarfs are hilarious and very relatable to a Manc like me. Do I really sound like that? Zoe George and Joshua St Clair as Snow and Prince Charming bring stellar voices to the company and Corrie star Eric Potts is wonderfully quirky as Dame Nora Crumble. It all works fabulously, darling!
Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the funniest panto of them all? Snow White! It really is a cheerful and cheeky extravaganza sure to delight.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the Panto is playing at the Opera House until Sunday 29 December. FIND TICKETS HERE.
IMAGE CREDITS: Phil Tragen