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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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