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…
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…
However 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.
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!
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.