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Inside Kent: Snow White Review

December 20th, 2016

insidekent16aSnow White at The Assembly Hall Is A Proper Panto – Oh Yes It Is!

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.

Muddy Stilettos: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2016

pantoft16cAnother 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 Sussex Newspaper: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2016

snowwhite16vThe 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)

My Tunbridge Wells: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2016

snowwhite16jjThe 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.

What’s Good To Do: Snow White Review

December 16th, 2016

snowwhite16ddSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
14 December to 2 January 2017

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)

Snow White 2015: ‘Downsgate Centre’ Review

December 17th, 2015

snowwhite15kkLeaving 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)

Snow White @ The Blackpool Grand – Reviews

December 17th, 2015

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 2015: ‘The Blackpool Grand’ Review

December 13th, 2015

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)


Snow White 2015: ‘Visit Lancashire’ Review

December 10th, 2015

visitlancs15aIt’s Panto Season – Oh Yes It Is!

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)

Snow White 2015: ‘Visit Blackpool’ Review

December 10th, 2015

visitbpool15aWell it’s that time of the year again “oh no it isn’t oh yes it is” Its Panto Time!  

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 2015: ‘The Stage’ Review

December 6th, 2015

snowwhite15ggSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Blackpool Grand – ‘a winning formula’

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)

Snow White 2015: ‘North West End’ Review

December 6th, 2015

snowwhite15ffBlackpool Grand’s Panto is back with a BANG! This year it’s the turn of ‘Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs’. Starring the hilarious Su Pollard with top billing alongside the most talented people of panto­land this is a show you don’t want to miss. The story follows the basis of the Disney 1937 film around The Wicked Queen’s drive to become the ‘fairest of them all’ and a delightful and innocent Snow White to find her one true love. There’s also a new addition to the story, Muddles and Nursie create the hilarity and mischief this show deserves.

… Finally, the most feared of all Disney Villains ­bringing nervousness to all, The Wicked Queen, played by the sensational Su Pollard, she plays a modern twist on the Original, playing more of a midlife crisis, botoxed, man needing character than works amazingly with the show. Her comedic talents are boundless and its seem effortless for her to get a laugh, together combined with the large collection of songs she performs within the show including ‘Queen of the Night’ and ‘Fabulous Baby’ her performance in the Panto is incredible, a woman of many talents for sure.

• Read the full review at North West End. (Review by Brad Wilson)

Snow White 2014: ‘The Northern Echo’ Review

December 19th, 2014

panto14bbA 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 2014: Receiving Rave Reviews!

December 17th, 2014

panto14aaSnow 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