Panto review by Karen Crofts
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to the panto we go, as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs launches at Milton Keynes Theatre.
Even before the show began, the terrific, bubbly atmosphere around the theatre foyer made it a great place to be and made us feel just that little bit more Christmassy.
Headlining this year is Hollywood superstar Warwick Davies, known to millions from his roles in Star Wars, Harry Potter and Willow, who heads up the seven dwarfs.
The show opens with Snow White’s wicked stepmother, the Wicked Queen, played confidently and commandingly by Jennifer Ellison.
Her appearance on stage sent the crowd into a frenzy of hisses and boos.
Newcomer Kate Stewart is the fresh-faced singing sensation playing Snow White, who glides on to the stage with sparkle and innocence to play the fairest in the land.
The biggest cheers of the night were saved for comedian Kev Orkian, back by popular demand, playing the Queen’s Jester, Herbert. He kept the audience laughing throughout with his string of terrible jokes, which received laughs and groans in equal amounts.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will do well for the simple reason that it has it all– terrible jokes, well-known pop songs and family-friendly cheesiness all wrapped up in a classic pantomime story.
It’s a perfect, feel-good, fun show and I would definitely recommend taking the family to get you into the Christmas spirit.