Panto crown jewel

Tupele Dorgu as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Mansfield Palace Theatre.
Tupele Dorgu as the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Mansfield Palace Theatre.
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LET’S go crazy, crazy is the catchy chorus that steers spectators in one direction - to panto land.

LET’S go crazy, crazy is the catchy chorus that steers spectators in one direction - to panto land.

Boy band One Direction’s hit Live While We’re Young may be a clever move to win over the kids but it’s outstripped in the popularity stakes by action song The Court of King Caractacus, which is fitting for the Palace Theatre in Mansfield.

Royalty rules in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs where star of the show Tupele Dorgu (ex-Coronation Street factory girl Kelly) plays the Wicked Queen.

Chesterfield gets a pasting from the merciless monarch, a place she describes as wretched. Such a slight is guaranteed to raise the hackles of pupils from the Academy of Dance performing as Mansfield panto’s juvenile dancers who are particularly enchanting dressed as woodland creatures. Shirebrook doesn’t fare much better as the acid-tongued Queen looks down on the town in similar fashion to her minions and poor people.

Mark James in the role of joker Muddles is the master of invention wielding crazy contraptions including one which fires toilet paper at spectators.

Dressed for success in the Dame’s outlandish costumes is Charles Burden, clocking up his 46th year in panto.

Nia Jerman makes an engaging Snow White and Nick Walton her handsome prince. However, it’s the dwarfs - including South Normanton’s Binde Johal - which gets the audience clapping to songs like Hi-Ho Hi Ho and Whistle While You Work.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is on until January 6.

GAY BOLTON