It’s been another very busy year for Su, and for her official website. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit this year. Wishing all of our visitors a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy 2015. See you back here in early January for a Su news, and panto, catch up.
A new review, and more plaudits, for Snow White from The Northern Echo.
Panto Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sunderland Empire
As the first snow of winter lay on the hills, so Sunderland Empire opened its doors on this year’s pantomime, and what a colourful, warm-hearted entertainment it is.
Su Pollard leads a first rate cast with no enthusiasm spared. Her evil stepmother is a glorious creation of glamour and tongue-in-cheek wickedness, vainly consulting her mirror and shamelessly goading the audience to boo her very presence.
Andrew Agnew’s boundless energy as the madcap jester, Muddles, keeps the story moving. His performance truly vested in the traditions of variety with gags and repartee delivered with practised ease, whether the chuckle-along jokes for the kids or the nudge-nudge naughty ones for the grown-ups. And joining in with equal relish, and in a parade of extravagantly absurd costumes, Philip Meeks as Nurse Penny Well “exfoliates and radiates”.
• Read the full review at The Northern Echo. (Review by Laurence Sach)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Sunderland Empire is going great guns, and receiving praise from theatregoers, press and radio… (Thanks to the Sunderland Empire)
“Hi-ho hi-ho – what a thoroughly wonderful show!“: Sunderland Echo
“Lots of laughs and light-hearted fun“: Evening Chronicle
“A show which really got the audience, young and old, going! It’s a traditional panto in the best sense.”: British Theatre Guide
“One of the best!“: Simon Grundy – SUN FM
“Great fun, great show!“: Brian Moore – Metro Radio and TFM
“This is a show not to be missed!“: Hartlepool Mail
The latest review of Snow White, published today by Chronicle Live.
Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Sunderland Empire
Martin Dodd brings his production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the Sunderland Empire in which we see Su Pollard step into the cloak of the Wicked Queen, Matt Lapinskas escape from Watford to play The Prince and CBBC’s Andrew Agnew, aka PC Plum from Balamory, as Muddles.
The star of the show, however, is Philip Meeks in the classic dame role, Nurse Penny Well.
Telling the classic tale of the wicked stepmother jealous of Snow White you will find all of the essentials you expect; a magic mirror, woodland cottage and poisoned apples.
… Su Pollard is a brilliant wicked queen, with a perfect cackle and cutting lines to the beautiful Snow White. The audience loved to hate her.
• Read the full review at Chronicle Live. (Review by Mary Finnigan)
Another new review for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this one by British Theatre Guide.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Pantos are written to a formula: there’s a regular cast of characters (the Dame, the Comic and so on) whose names may change but they’re always there; there’s a range of scenes (take-off, slosh etc.) from which writers select those most appropriate to a particular show; there’s… But you know what I mean. They are what make panto.
It follows, then, that panto reviews also tend to follow a formula: what sort of a Dame is it? how funny is the Comic? Again, you know what I mean. Usually there’s one character about whom we tend to write the same thing time after time—the Principal Girl. She’s sweet and innocent, pretty, sings and dances well and… well, that’s about it, really.
Not in the Empire’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although it’s true of Victoria Serra’s Snow White, she is much more than this: she’s got a mind of her own and a powerful personality, and the show is so much better for it. The same is true of Matt Lapinskas’s Prince. Too often a panto can droop a bit when these two, Principal Boy and Principal Girl, are on stage together. Not here!
• Read the full review at the British Theatre Guide. (Review by Peter Lathan)
Praise for Su, Matt, Andrew and the Snow White team in one of the first reviews of the panto, published by the Shields Gazette.
Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sunderland Empire
Hi-ho hi-ho – what a thoroughly wonderful show!
Panto season has returned to the Sunderland Empire and this year the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs provides the annual festive family feast of entertainment.
Telling the story of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, the show is not only littered with local references plus gags and witty one-liners to suit an audience of all ages, it’s also given a contemporary twist with vibrant performances of songs from Pharrell, Magic and Taylor Swift.
It’s hard to pick a star of the show, such is the quality of all involved.
Su Pollard – forever remembered as scatter-brained chalet girl Peggy from Hi-De-Hi – vamps it up in the role of the Wicked Queen, dusting off the jeers and catcalls like she would a Maplins holiday camp chalet.
• Read the full review at the Shields Gazette. Also published by the Sunderland Echo and Hartlepool Mail. (Review by Isobel Oliver)
Seven dwarfs, three TV stars and one panto are set to wow Wearside audiences this Christmas. Tonight the curtain will be raised on the Sunderland Empire’s annual festive offering.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stars Hi-de-Hi’s Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, Eastenders’ Matt Lapinskas as the Price and Cbeebies’ Andrew Agnew as Muddles.
Panto legend Su, who has appeared in 37 pantomimes, says she can’t wait to weave in some Mackem mentions, such as Pennywell and Jacky White’s market, when she plays the resident baddie.
• Continue reading at the Sunderland Echo.
Click below to view photos from this afternoon’s first performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Sunderland Empire… Great photos courtesy of Eggshell Blue/Dirk Van Der Werff.
It’s finally here!! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Su’s panto for 2014, opens today at the Sunderland Empire. There are two performances today, this afternoon’s premiere at 1.30pm, and this evening at 7pm.
Snow White runs through the festive season and into the New Year, finishing on Sunday 4th January, with approximately 40 performances. Good luck to Su and the cast for a happy and successful panto run. Do keep an eye on the Sunderland Empire Twitter and Facebook for daily updates, and view further info and book tickets by clicking below.
We really know Christmas is just around the corner – with the start of Snow White at the Sunderland Empire this evening.
Former EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas plays the Prince in the panto, opposite Su Pollard as the wicked queen. Matt has been telling Sun FM, being on stage is much tougher than being on the telly
• Continue reading, listen to the interview, watch clips of Su, Matt and Andrew visiting Sun FM. (Photo © Sun FM)
Su and her Snow White co-stars Andrew Agnew and Matt Lapinskas, were guests at Sun FM on Tuesday, which also happened to be “Bobble Hat Day”. (Photos © Sun FM)
A retro Su-related news item recently re-published online by the Nottingham Post:
Hi-de-Hi! star Su Pollard was feeling nostalgic as she appealed for old school friends to get back in touch.
The Nottingham-born actress was excited about the prospective reunion, organised by Central TV and due to air the following year – although it did not seem to materialise.
Su was still reeling from her chart success the previous year, when her single Starting Together, the theme song to the BBC Television fly-on-the-wall documentary series The Marriage, bounced into the number two slot.
She said of the planned reunion programme: “It’s great. It’s just like This Is Your Life. I don’t have a clue what happened to half of them now – I’d love to find out their fortunes.”
• Continue reading at the Nottingham Post.
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