Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Theatre Royal Bath
UK Productions in association with Theatre Royal Bath
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a gloriously family centred pantomime packed full of songs and gags to suit ears of all ages. It is a colourful celebration of all that is good in pantomime.
The tale of Snow White needs no explaining and here the essence of the story is kept safe with also a script reference to ensure no one leaves thinking apples might harm them. The banishment of the Wicked Queen and the happy ever after remains firmly at the centre, even if the pace is a little heady to allow for the swings in emotions to settle as the piece heads to its conclusion.
Devon –Elise Johnson in the titular role is a feisty, caring Snow White alongside Michael Quinn as Prince Frederick who is a picture perfect dashing prince. Their combined vocal talents and skills reflect their wealth of experience and training tackling a range of genres with ease and class.
The seven dwarfs are full of strong character and a well defined presence whilst Harriet Thorpe is the Wicked Queen There is however a lack of diversity in the pantomime line up this year which is disappointing.
The evening belongs entirely to the comics Nick Wilton as Dame Dolly and Jon Monie as Muddles. Whilst they are familiar faces to Bath audiences their endless energy, wit and sheer skill in this field can never be overlooked. They work together with great ease and are on hand to rescue any situation. Their script dazzles with double entendres to keep all ages amused and it is impossible not to relish their antics throughout the evening. The song sheet held together by Monie is a typically sensational minefield and “Fingerlings” will no doubt be the must have toy throughout pantoland this Christmas.
There are all the ingredients for a magical night out and as the gallant cast head into the Christmas haze there will thousands of visitors and families who will find a great tonic and joy in this show. The pitch is perfect and the production will continue to sparkle into the New Year with ease.