SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS | STAGE REVIEW
New Theatre, Cardiff, Tue 12 Dec
It’s that time of year again. Tinsel, Dames, naughty elves and the highlight of the festive calendar – the panto… hurrah! Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs was definitely the fairest panto in the land. As a family we had such a brilliant time in the New Theatre – with its nostalgic atmosphere and fabulous setting it’s just perfect for panto.
There was such a buzz of excitement from the little ones in the audience as the panto began, and from the start of the show right to the end we were all laughing, singing and joining in with the show’s jolly antics. Parents and the oldies appreciated the naughty jokes, while the kids just sat transfixed to the stage, loving the full-on spectacle.
The audience embraced it with gusto, participating in traditional panto fashion. From Dame Betty Blumenthal (Mike Doyle)’s Welsh cakes to Muddles (Tam Ryan) leaving us in stitches with his new Apple phone – you had to be there – to Samantha Womack’s great performance as the evil stepmother. Chico proved he hadn’t lost any time, with dance moves and vocals as good as they ever were…
Gareth Thomas, now a panto regular, came on stage in a huge puff of smoke and entertained us with his Humpty Dumpty Hacker – although a baddy, we won him over to the good side. Snow White and The Magnificent Seven sang beautifully and the whole cast brought this fairytale to life, full of singing, dancing and hilarious shenanigans. I highly recommend this panto for a great family night out, but don’t just take it from me:
“I very much enjoyed the panto, Snow White is my favourite so I was so excited to go, I loved it.” (Gracie Heywood, age 13)
“Fabulous, funny funny, funny!” (Lilybeth Heywood, age 11)
words AMANDA HEYWOOD photos BRIAN TARR