New Victoria Theatre scores another hit pantomime thanks to a cast who really look as though they are enjoying themselves and a strong script with plenty of laughs.
In a world first, this was Snow White and the six Dwarfs instead of seven due to an unexpected cast illness and yet the show had to go on and what a production it is.
With sets more spectacular than ever before and a wildly enthusiastic cast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs proved to be an extremely entertaining watch and one of the most spectacular pantomimes that the New Victoria Theatre has put on.
Of course much of the show’s strength relies on the cast to pull it off and thankfully they do. Andy Ford as Herman the Henchman is particularly hilarious but not at all over the top, engaging with the audiences beautifully that charms both the children and the adults in the audience. Warwick Davis (who has also directed the production) as Prof has not given himself a central role, but makes his presence felt nevertheless with charisma in the way in which he handles the rest of the dwarfs.
Melissa Potts as Snow White is sweet, charming and the ideal pantomime princess that the children in the audience completely adore and take to from the very first time we are introduced to her. Anne Smith makes an absolutely delicious villain as Queen Morgiana, utterly convincing in the way in which she preens around the stage as well as the way in which she insults the audience.
Chris Cox as Muddles comes across as too over the top and needs to calm down slightly otherwise he won’t be able to keep the audience’s attention – but his tricks are impressive and fascinating to watch. Shaun Dalton as Prince Wayne also delivers a mixed performance, never fully seemingly relaxed from beginning to end.
Warwick Davis, Eric Potts and Andy Ford provide a script which has plenty of jokes for children and adults to enjoy and progresses with ease, but it also just feels as though it is lacking in opportunities for audience participation to make the audience feel fully involved with what is happening.
Surprisingly as well, there is certainly a strong element of darkness (but not overly frightening in case you are worried about taking your kids) – particularly when Queen Morigiana transforms into an old crone and the scene in which Snow White gets lost in the forest adding a different atmosphere that you don’t normally get in a pantomime that adds another dimension.
Overall, it is a wonderfully big and elaborate pantomime that really delights from beginning to end.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will appear at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking until the 8th January. To book tickets visit ATG tickets.