Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Nottingham Theatre Royal

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Oh yes it does! . . . what a treat Nottingham Theatre Royal has in store for panto-lovers with this year’s show being one you will definitely not want to miss!

Roars of laughter, boos and hisses can be heard swamping the city during the festive season as Snow White heads deep into the forest with the Seven Dwarfs for this spectacular new version of the classic magical story.

There are more stunning sets, more amazing costumes and more breathtaking special effects than ever this year . . . so what better way to kick-start your Christmas by taking a break from the shopping stress to enjoy some seasonal stage fun?

The hilarious Lesley Joseph, one of the nation’s best-loved actresses, starred as The Wicked Queen and provided the audience with plenty of ammunition to boo and hiss throughout the two-hour extravaganza.

And the sneering reached a crescendo pre-interval when national treasure Joseph was launched high above the stalls and left to hover over the audience like a fire-breathing dragon waiting to pounce on her prey.

Ben Nickless was back by popular demand as the hapless Muddles and he was at his scintillating best once again alongside pantomime dame Andrew Ryan, ensuring there were many ‘laugh out louds’ from the jam-packed audience.

The comical pair combined and treated the audience to countless slapstick moments, which included a broken-record Elvis and a classic ballet ‘dancing’ display.

The ever-popular Ryan, a veteran of 23 pantomime Dame seasons, was in top form as Nurse Nelly, with her amusing Marmite number possibly the pick of her ‘too many to remember’ costume changes.

There were local gags aplenty and it was the unlucky Lee, from Heanor, who was unfortunate to be the butt of many a joke after being hand-picked as Nelly’s audience boyfriend.

Muddles and Nelly aside, the show was full of other credible performances courtesy of ex-EastEnder and 2011 Dancing on Ice champ Sam Attwater as Prince William, who teamed up for some classy duets with his ‘loved-one’ Emile Du Leslay, who portrayed the beautiful Snow White.

Without wanting to spoil the ‘surprise’, you will see the ‘Magnificent Seven’ Dwarfs as you’ve never seen them before andlook out for a guest appearance from one of Joseph’s famous Bird’s of a Feather co-stars.

This production ticks all the panto boxes, as the ‘never-fails-to-deliver’ Theatre Royal once again succeeds in sending home thousands of happy people chuckling away into the night.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs until Sunday, January 11. Ticket prices range from £15-£31.50. For further information, ontact the Box Office on 0115 9895555 or visit trch.co.uk

DAN BAILEY