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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

Snow White 2014: ‘Chronicle Live’ Review

December 15th, 2014

panto14zThe 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)

Snow White 2014: ‘British Theatre Guide’ Review

December 14th, 2014

panto14xAnother 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)

Snow White 2014: ‘Shields Gazette’ Review

December 14th, 2014

panto14yPraise 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)