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A Very Merry Christmas Eve Eve from Su Online!

December 23rd, 2018

A Very Merry Christmas Eve Eve to all of our visitors.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres is going great, with fantastic reviews and audience feedback since opening 10 days ago.

Read a selection of reviews, browse our Snow White news archive, see a selection of great photos, and book tickets to see the fantastic panto. There are still over 20 performances to choose from over the next two weeks. Lots of festive fun still to come!


Birmingham Mail/Live: Boxing Day Things To Do

December 19th, 2018

bhamlive18aThere are lots of lovely things to do on Boxing Day in and around Birmingham.

You can go to the panto (oh yes, you can!), enjoy a family fun day, watch a Christmas classic or visit a theme park.

And, you can even go tobogganing on real snow, regardless of the weather.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Malvern Theatres Hi-de-ho-ho-ho! It’s panto time at Malvern Theatres and this year’s show stars Su Pollard. There are matinee and evening performances on Boxing Day then the show runs right through to January 6.

• Continue reading at the Birmingham Mail/Live.

Plutonium Sox: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2018

snowwhite18rThere’s no such thing as a bad pantomime at Malvern Theatres, but this year’s is a corker. Big name stars, catchy music and a bucketload of fun. In fact, we all agreed that this year’s panto was the best we’ve seen. And we’ve seen each and every one for the past six years.

We meet Snow White briefly as a child, learning the sad tale of her mother and father’s death. She ends up as a slave to her wicked stepmother, the Queen, with only her best friend Muddles to keep her company.

The Queen is desperate to marry Prince Frederick, and summons him to meet her. When he runs into Snow White in the wood, the story takes a dark twist, with the Queen determined to see Snow White dead.

• Continue reading at Plutonium Sox.

Hereford Tmes: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2018

snowwhite18bbMalvern Theatres delights with this year’s seasonal treat of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which has all the ingredients you need for an excellent pantomime.

Mark James returns to the theatre as Muddles after his popular portrayal of Buttons in last year’s Cinderella. He steals the show with his silly humour, jokes for the adults and general slapstick performance, including his “Granny” walk.

James plays the best friend of Snow White, played beautifully by Francesca McKean.

Both Snow White and the Prince, played by Aidan Banyard, are both accomplished singers and it was a pleasure to watch them both on stage.

• Continue reading at the Hereford Times.

Malvern Gazette: Snow White Review

December 19th, 2018

snowwhite18zNot just a case of curtain calls, it was perhaps also a case of destiny calling for the young actor playing Snow White in this year’s Malvern pantomime.

For opportunity has quite obviously knocked twice for Francesca McKean. At the age of eight, she performed in her very first panto as a dwarf in her home town’s production of Snow White… and now, 14 years on, she’s making her graduate debut in the title role of a truly fabulous festive feast of fun and frolics.

And what a Christmas cracker of a performance from a young professional who’s not long out of stage school… the ultimate panto heroine, only the hardest of hearts could fail to melt when her achingly tragic voice rattles the rafters and shakes the chandeliers.

But that’s as it should be, for she’s got Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen to contend with, a battleship of a baddie who steams out of the murk and mists with all guns blasting.

• Continue reading at the Malvern Gazette.

Entertainment Views: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2018

snowwhite18sOur pantomime season has kicked off late this year, however the first of the festive treats that we’ve been able to attend has surely set the bar high, as a five star extravaganza and perfect family pantomime – Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres is not to be missed.

Starring the wonder that is Hi De Hi! star, Su Pollard, as the Wicked Queen, the show transported me back to the traditional pantomimes I was brought up watching. Thanks to exceptional comedy performances from Pollard, Mark James as Muddles and Philip Meeks as Dolly, there were plenty of laughs to be had and the jokes worked on every level, too. My four year old son all but rolled in the aisles with mirth at the physical comedy from Mark James, while I was entertained by the tongue in cheek, political references and occasional overt smut from Philip Meeks who shone in an amazing array of outfits! He was certainly the mistress of quick changes too.

Francesca McKean was a gentile and sweet Snow White, she was the epitome of easy-going, naive Princess. Aidan Banyard possessed the stance, winning smile and qualities of the dashing Prince. The Dwarfs were all glorious, too with Soppy (Charlotte Fawbert) being my favourite. However it was Pollard who stole the show, a wicked laugh like no other, commanding the stage in her unique way and her vocal ability when it came to the musical numbers was quite extraordinary.

• Continue reading at Entertainment Views.

Behind The Arras: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2018

snowwhite18rPantomime season has truly arrived! Snow White and her handsome prince survive the evil machinations of the wicked queen with the help of the wonderful dwarfs in the forest.

This action-packed production makes a thumping impact on the senses in a brilliant variety of colours and sounds.

Mark James returns this Christmas as the lovable and cuddly Muddles and threatens to steal the show with his brilliant, teasing and comic rapport with the whole age range in the audience. His mischievous but loyal role amuses and endears him to us all. If he didn’t steal the show entirely, it is because he is surrounded by many other excellent performances. The young prince is brilliantly portrayed by Aidan Banyard with his elegant height and presence. He has a great voice, long curly locks and transcends the potential flatness of the role.

Francesca McKean is a strong Snow White; likewise she has a very good voice, looks great and provides the necessary charm without being unduly corny. The wicked queen (Su Pollard) is nasty, though not very sinister. Philip Meeks is a playful and entertaining Dolly, mother to Muddles. The dwarfs form an excellent team when they enter the scene in Act One . They are varied, playful and very endearing and their comic timing and delivery is excellent.

• Continue reading at Behind The Arras.

Birmingham Mail: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2018

snowwhite18pSnow White panto at Malvern Theatres – what we thought of the show Su Pollard stars in this year’s panto

Hi-de-ho-ho-ho! It’s panto time at Malvern Theatres and this year’s show stars Su Pollard. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is great fun for all the family. Malvern Theatres has a formula that works for panto – and so they revisit it year after year as it’s what everyone wants.

Back by popular demand is comedy star Mark James as the loveable Muddles. He absolutely steals the show and gets everyone laughing straight away. My two boys were literally rolling in their seats with belly laughs. This is a traditional panto with plenty of ‘Oh no, he’s nots’ and ‘it’s behind yous!’

My favourite bit was when they did the 12 Days of Christmas and it all went wrong – with loo rolls being flung into the audience, wigs flying off and water pistols being squirted into the auditorium! As ever there were plenty of local references, such as the threat of being ‘banished to Worcester’ and the prince coming from Flyford Flavell.

• Continue reading at the Birmingham Mail.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Snow White Review

December 17th, 2018

snowwhite18fJoyful treat for all the family

Now you know that Christmas is really about to burst upon us. ’Tis the season to be jolly with opportunities to see Santa in schools, stores and elsewhere, visits to heritage steam railway lines offering special festive rides, and there’s also the many special celebratory services in our churches to ensure we remember the real meaning of Christmas.

And, of course, it’s also time for pantomimes… Oh yes it is! Over the years Malvern’s Festival Theatre has built up a deserved reputation for the fun its pantos dish out for children and adults alike, and Snow White is no exception. Possibly it has even surpassed all that has gone before.

It’s a truly traditional offering with a host of side dishes in terms of colourful costumes, a lively up-to-date script, a first rate cast – all of whom can deliver a song, and it’s also the chance for everyone in the audience to let their hair down booing the villain, cheering the hero and having oodles of chortling with the panto dame and her manic son.

• Continue reading at the Bromsgrove Advertiser.

Snow White at Malvern Theatres – Opens THIS EVENING!

December 13th, 2018

snowwhite18qIt’s finally here!! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Su’s panto for 2018, opens this evening at one of the finest venues in the country, the Festival Theatre, Malvern. The first performance is at 7pm.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs through the festive season and into the New Year, finishing on Sunday 6th January. Tickets are selling fast but with 42 performances to choose from there are still plenty of seats available.

As we do each year in December, Su Online will be bringing you news, press and reviews of the panto as and when they become available, so please revisit this page daily for new panto updates.

Good luck to Su and the cast for a happy and successful panto run.

Do keep an eye on the Malvern Theatres’ Twitter and Facebook accounts for daily updates, and view further info and book tickets by clicking below.


Su’s Panto Career: Decades of Festive Fun!

December 13th, 2018

snowwhite18qThis evening Su is reprising her Wicked Queen for a month of boos and hisses, as well as lots of festive fun, drama and music, at the Festival Theatre, Malvern in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Su is a true panto stalwart, it’s always been one of her specialities and she has been both principal boy and girl across the UK in Goldilocks, Babes In The Woods, Pinocchio, Jack And The Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Aladdin, and Dick Whittington.

In 2002 Su took on the role of the Wicked Queen in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, her first outing as a “baddie”. A role she enjoyed playing so much she reprised it for Christmas 2003, 2005, 2006 and almost every year since!

Though in both 2010 and 2011 Su embraced Annie The Musical instead of panto, playing another “Baddie”, Miss Hannigan.

Su’s panto co-stars have included many top names in the acting profession, and much loved showbiz personalities; Matthew Kelly, Bernard Cribbins, Bernie Winters, Robyn Askwith, Gordon Honeycombe, Ray Meagher, Michael Elphick, Don Maclean, Peter Blake, Paul Danan, Louise English, Shaun Curry, Christopher Lillicrap, David Hasselhoff, and Chris Jarvis to name but a few!


Since Su Online first launched Su’s panto appearances and roles are as follows:

2000: Jack & The Beanstalk – Jack – Her Majestys Aberdeen
2001: Dick Whittington – Dick – North Wales Theatre Llandudno
2002: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Lincoln Theatre Royal
2003: Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Hexagon Reading
2004: Annie – Miss Hannigan – Tameside Hippodrome Ashton under Lyne
2005: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Pavilion Theatre Rhyl
2006: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Mansfield Palace
2007: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Malvern Theatres
2008: Cinderella – Baroness Hardup – Swansea Grand Theatre
2009: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Bournemouth Pavilion
2010/2011: Annie – Miss Hannigan - Christmas Shows
2012: Sleeping Beauty – Bad Fairy Carabosse – Bournemouth Pavilion
2013: Peter Pan – Mimi The Magic Mermaid – Nottingham Theatre Royal
2014: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Sunderland Empire
2015: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Blackpool Grand
2016: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
2017: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

2018: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Wicked Queen – Festival Theatre, Malvern


Su Online wishes Su and her latest panto co-stars a successful and fun-filled Christmas run in Malvern.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Dress Rehearsals

December 13th, 2018

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs dress rehearsals took place yesterday at the Festival Theatre, Malvern in anticipation of opening night this evening. Click below to book tickets or for further info on Snow White. (Photo © UK Productions Ltd)


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Malvern Is Ready!

December 12th, 2018

Exciting! There’s just one day to go until, Su’s panto for 2018, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens at the Festival Theatre in the wonderful town of Malvern. Su is ready, the cast are ready, Malvern Theatres is ready…


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Countdown

December 12th, 2018

Su’s panto co-star Mark James, aka Muddles, has been counting down to the launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Malvern Theatres. Visit Mark’s Twitter to see the countdown. There is now just one day to go… (Photo © Mark James)