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Tunbridge Wells Panto Review: Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at Assembly Hall Theatre

The panto season at Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells is now in full swing with daily performances of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by UK Productions. I took my eldest boy along to see it and here’s what we thought…

Tunbridge Wells Panto Review

This was my son’t second panto as we went to see Cinderella at the Assembly Hall last year. He was keen to get involved in the festive spirit so wore his Father Christmas outfit which seemed to go down well with our fellow spectators. As he is only 5 years old, I had pre-warned him that the wicked queen (played by Su Pollard) might be a little scary and much to my delight, he decided it would be best to sit on my knee throughout the show. It’s not often I get to have a cuddle like this with him these days…

Tunbridge Wells Panto ReviewHowever with sprinkles of Su’s super humour scattered throughout the performance, along with some outrageous outfits, the wicked queen was less scary and more mesmerising by the end of the panto. And boy does she have a great singing voice – this was her 38th pantomime so she is a complete pro! In fact the songs throughout the whole show were catchy and we enjoyed singing along.

We really had a fantastic time at Cinderella last year and I thought Jamie Rickers from CITV & Nickelodean in his roll as Buttons would surely be hard to beat. However this year, he managed to wow the audience even more as Muddles, Snow White’s best friend with his constant flow of jokes, many of which were perfectly crafted for the adults. Combined with his vivacious, OTT and oh-so-confident side kick, Nurse Dolly Cough-Drop (played by Jamie Steen), this duo were hands down our two favourite characters from the show.

Tunbridge Wells Panto Review

Ms. Dolly’s outfits were another highlight – this larger-than-life character had the most hilarious and creative costumes I have come across with some of our favourites being the picnic dress, the fairy liquid bottle ooh and Yoda!!

Snow White, played by the beautiful Millie Booth, is one hugely talented lady! She gave a passionate and heart warming performance trying to escape her evil stepmother and shacking up with the seven dwarfs in the deep dark forest. Her Prince (played by Chris Warner) was perfectly cast for this role – tall, dashing and very well spoken – let’s just say we can see why Snow White fell for him!

Tunbridge Wells Panto Review

The Seven Dwarfs were as sweet and likeable as you would imagine – they made a pretty exciting entrance through the theatre, high-fiving and greeting the audience on their way up to the stage.  The set design was super and their gorgeous little house in the forest was so impressive – I can’t imagine how much work must go in to building these things.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is brimming with laugh-out-loud moments both for the adults and kids – it is a truly ‘family friendly’ performance with lots of super songs and audience participation. Anyone going to watch it is bound to come away from the show feeling full of festive cheer!

Taking place until Monday 2nd January, tickets can be booked HERE.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I also took my 4 year old to the panto – it was brilliant and we both really enjoyed it! 2 things that I wasn’t so impressed with were the length – at 3 hours long we were both super hungry for lunch (showing was 10.30-1.30) and I had also planned to take my 10 month along too although I quickly changed my mind after calling the box office to be told that all children would be charged full price. And yes apparently that includes ALL children from 0-16! I couldn’t believe it – how can that be? – that a theatre charges full price for babies?!! Such a shame.

  2. Hi Ros – thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my blog post. I have only just re-enabled comments on here as there was a glitch with the site so it’s great to get feedback. So glad you enjoyed the panto. I agree it did seem a bit longer than last year but in some ways it means the audience are getting a bit more for their money? 😉 Maybe the 10.30am show could be moved to 10am to allow for an earlier lunch…

    Yes I have heard that a lot of theatres now charge full price for babies – I think it’s something to do with insurance? I will see if I can find out more about this. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year xx

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