There have been some fantastic reviews of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs since the panto launched almost a fortnight ago, with much praise being heaped on the cast and production. Click below to read them all – with previews and links to the full reviews.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells is going great guns, and receiving praise and great feedback from theatregoers, and press…
“An absolutely outstanding performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with an exceptionally funny and talented cast“: What’s Good To Do
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is brimming with laugh-out-loud moments “: My Tunbridge Wells
“This production has several superb sets, many marvellous melodies and cleverly constructed characters.”: The Sussex Newspaper
“All in all, a great success“: Muddy Stilettos
“If you are looking for a pantomime that has something for everyone book to see Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells. You won’t regret it.“: Inside Kent
Here at Mum’s the Word we love a pantomime – in fact in our younger years we used to appear in one every Christmas (but that’s another story!!!) – so going to the panto definitely signifies the start of the festive season for us!
We were extremely excited to drag the children away from the play station and go out as a family to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs last week and we certainly weren’t disappointed! The show was all singing, all dancing and full of LOL (laugh out loud) moments from start to finish with a good smattering of ‘he’s behind you’ ‘Oh yes he is, oh no he isn’t’ to please the most avid panto goer!
For me the stand out performance was by the legendary Su Pollard… as a child of the 80s – I remember her well as Peggy from Hi-de-Hi fame, but I had no idea she had a belter of a voice! She made a brilliant Wicked Queen and was evil and comedic in equal measure. I also loved the panto dame Nursie, who’s wardrobe was really quite extraordinary!!!
• Continue reading at Mum’s The Word. (Review by Laura Swann)
There is nothing quite as traditionally Christmassy as a proper panto. What’s a proper panto? It’s one with a handsome prince, a pretty heroine, a horrible baddie, a hilarious dame, a lovelorn best friend, loads of silly songs, plenty of slapstick comedy, and a few jokes just for the mums and dads thrown in for good measure.
And that’s exactly what you get with Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.
… When it comes to a good panto, the cast is all-important. In Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs we have some of the best. Su Pollard as the wicked queen stands out as being one of the funniest, evilest baddies I’ve seen on stage for a long time – with a variety of dresses that have to be seen to be believed (and remember, ‘Don’t touch the frock; leave the frock alone!’) and some rather interesting wigs, she has a presence that captivates. Little children love her, despite the fact that she attempts to murder the lovely Snow White, because she really does have a star quality that shines through. It takes someone special to be a good baddie, and Su Pollard is that person. From her magnificent opening number through to her comeuppance, she is thrillingly good value.
• Continue reading at Inside Kent.
Another panto-tastic review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, published by Muddy Stilettos.
I’m just back from the Assembly Hall Theatre and onto my computer to give you my hot-off-the-panto press verdict on Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs starring comedienne, actress and all-round national treasure, Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen. To put it succinctly – because I’m knackered! – I think you’ll love it. There, shall I go to bed now? What do you mean no?!
Most pantos cover all the predicable bases of including a couple of strong singers, a couple of strong actors (oh, a bridge too far?) a cross-dresser, (in this case Nurse Dolly Cough Drop) and core of well-drilled, over-extended backing dancers. This year’s line up at the Assembly Hall pretty much toed that line, with Millie Booth (Panto regular) as Snow White and Chris Warner Drake as Prince Charming very successfully sucking up most of the songs. But the real surprise of the night was Su Pollard’s fabulous singing voice. I’d forgotten of course, her 80s chart hit Starting Together, remember that?! Oh, come on.
Meanwhile, Jamie Rickers, of Citv and Nickelodeon, as Muddles the Jester, put in a high-energy, crowd-pleasing performance. This was a return to the Tunbridge Wells venue after his success as Buttons in last year’s Cinderella and, clearly feeling confident, his patter was as comfy as a pair of Uggs.
• Continue reading at Muddy Stilettos. (Photos © UK Productions Ltd/Assembly Hall Theatre)
The special thing that pantomime has over almost all other theatrical performances is that it is the one production that promises “something for everyone” and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, delivers heartily on that promise.
From the opening “village scene” right the way through to the inevitable wedding, this production has several superb sets, many marvelous melodies and cleverly constructed characters – all wrapped up in the most traditional of family pantomimes.
… With some rather unexpected thundering rock music to accompany her first entrance, Su Pollard is the epitome of a naughty and flirty Wicked Queen. Mean enough to get the huge Tunbridge Wells audience booing loudly, but funny enough to get those same people laughing their socks off, Su is the consummate professional.
The performance runs at a good pace, but enough time is left for Su to reappear in a number of different costumes topped off with some outrageously coloured wigs, and for her to try to seduce the Prince – poor man!
• Continue reading at The Sussex Newspaper. (Review by Paul Lucas-Scott)
The panto season at Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells is now in full swing with daily performances of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by UK Productions. I took my eldest boy along to see it and here’s what we thought…
This was my son’s second panto as we went to see Cinderella at the Assembly Hall last year. He was keen to get involved in the festive spirit so wore his Father Christmas outfit which seemed to go down well with our fellow spectators. As he is only 5 years old, I had pre-warned him that the wicked queen (played by Su Pollard) might be a little scary
However with sprinkles of Su’s super humour scattered throughout the performance, along with some outrageous outfits, the wicked queen was less scary and more mesmerising by the end of the panto. And boy does she have a great singing voice – this was her 38th pantomime so she is a complete pro!
• Continue reading at My Tunbridge Wells.
Everyone loves a good pantomime. For me it is part of my Christmas experience. I always went with my Mum as a child and it is something I want to pass onto my children. In my opinion, pantomime is good clean family fun, so did we all enjoy it? …
… There must be a baddy. TV favourite and pantomime regular Su Pollard played the part of the Wicked Queen. I grew up watching Hi De Hi as a child so the opportunity to see Su perform on stage was a treat for me and she did not disappoint. She had an incredible balance between playing the bad guy but also capturing the audience to the point where you felt yourself drawn towards her too. This is quite a balance to achieve and is no doubt assisted by her wealth of panto experience (she has performed in over 35 pantomimes!) I am not sure my husband will ever be the same again having seen Su Pollard in leopard print pyjamas but what a character. Her humour was incredible and her performance nothing short of breath taking…. an absolute pleasure to watch as long as you didn’t touch the frock!
• Read the full review at What’s Good To Do. (Review by Louise Watts)
Leaving the Grand Theatre, raspy of throat and sparkling of eye, I mused on the longevity of pantomime – after all, it’s 50 years plus since I went to my first one with my Mum and Dad and little brother.
Crazy thing is, I still love ‘em. And judging by the reaction of the opening night audience, I’m not the only one.
Snow White offers a great deal of the old fashioned panto style, including lots of interaction with the audience – much of it instigated by Steve Royle as Muddles, and Jamie Steen as his mother, Nurse. It certainly resonated with the youngsters (and the young at heart), who, like me, were probably losing their voices by the finale.
… Su Pollard was also first-class as an extremely boo-and-hiss-worthy Wicked Queen whose costumes were glitteringly gorgeous (don’t touch the frock…. Leave the frock alone).
• Read the full review at Downsgate Centre. (Review by Sandra Mangan)
There have been some great reviews for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs over the last fortnight. Click below to read a selection, and here for more info on the panto and ticket booking.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this year’s family pantomime featuring actress Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen, Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston as the Prince and the hilarious Steve Royle back again to bring the laughs!
Now we all know the story of Snow White, with the pantomime keeping as close to the original story as possible, but with its usual surprises and relevant jokes, making it as accessible to everyone who loves a bit of fairy tale magic and comedy!
Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen got the audience going with the usual pantomime boo’s and hisses, also adding some laughs, as unlike the traditional Wicked Queen. She felt a little less wicked
• Read the full review at The Blackpool Grand. (Review by Charlotte Bee)
Just a few weeks to the BIG day and what better way to get into the Christmas mood than a rip-roaring fun- filled trip to the theatre for that very British of traditions – the annual trip to panto! So, with a keen love for festive fun in the theatre we headed off to the Grand Theatre in Blackpool, for this year’s production of Snow White, featuring the Wicked Queen, Su Pollard, Dan Whiston as the Prince, a very talented Millie Booth as Snow White and of course, Lancashire’s very own Steve Royle as Muddles (BBC Radio Lancashire presenter/TV Phoenix Nights) perhaps the real star of the show.
A three hour spectacular of brilliant song, dance, slapstick, audience participation galore flew by but the main ingredient was fun. Pantomime has the ability to lift your spirits and no matter what age, you get sucked into the atmosphere right from the off as you join in with the booing and hissing of the Wicked Queen without any hesitation.
• Read the full review at Visit Lancashire. (Visit Lancashire)
This weekend I had the great pleasure of heading to the beautiful Grand Theatre in Blackpool for their annual Panto – Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs.
It was high ho, high ho, it’s off to the Grand Theatre panto we go… And I was so glad I went. What a great Panto it was, so colourful and a great cast. Snow White (Millie Booth) had such a beautiful voice that captivated everyone in the theatre, and the real belly laughs came from Steve Royal playing Muddles…
Su Pollard was a great evil queen, with plenty of boo’s and hisses thrown her way…Don’t touch her frock, leave the frock alone!
• Read the full review at Visit Blackpool. (Review by Visit Blackpool)
Snow White opened on the day next year’s panto tickets went on sale – and box office figures were confirmed 15% ahead of last year’s. That speaks volumes for UK Production’s winning formula at this theatre.
That formula is: find a template (ghost scene, slapstick song, young ‘volunteers’ to perform while the wedding finale is prepared); mix old and new faces in the cast; combine familiar songs with recent chart hits; and, of course, don’t forget to include real dwarfs whist you still can.
… Su Pollard is perfectly at home as the Wicked Queen – clearly over the top but never to scary – while Millie Booth is a real find as ‘Snowy’ with a pleasant voice, and instantly likeable and not too Disneyfied character. Jamie Steen’s Nurse is a shade near the knuckle at times but gets away with it.
• Read the full review at The Stage. (Review by Robin Duke)