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Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Invited to see what’s on offer at the Hip this Crimbo I gracefully accepted and am I glad I did. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has that feel-good factor second to none.

I laughed, I smirked, I bellowed and guffawed along with the rest as well as shouting out and generally had a fantastic time. Right from the start the audience were joining in, laughing and singing, and they stood at the end to show what a good time they’d had. You just can’t fake a success like that.

Gary Wilmot makes a surprisingly demure dame as Mrs. Nora Crumble, a delightfully genial non-threatening presence who’s the perfect balance to the evil Queen Sadista played by Stephanie Beacham looking I have to say more beautiful and stately than ever.

Gok Wan as The Man In The Mirror is – well, Gok Wan, and Danielle Hope, winner of the BBC’s Over The Rainbow makes a charming Snow White. John Partridge is suitably dashing and agile as Prince John – he fronts a very sharp dance routine to open the second half.

But it’s a comedy partnership that’s at the true heart of this show. I was never quite sure what he did in the plot but Matt Slack as Oddjob, alternately a bit gormless and surprisingly sharp effortlessly found our funny bones. Similarly appealing was brilliant ventriloquist Paul Zerdin as Muddles whose solo spots allowed him to bestride the show as if it were his alone. But their scenes together were the high spots of the show, genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, and worth the price of admission on their own. Between them they create that delightfully controlled mayhem that is the heart of panto.

Add in some spectacular special effects – no, I won’t spoil the surprises – bright colours, flashing lights, loud rock music, spirited dancing, shocks and silliness, and you’ve got a Christmas show that makes this evening one huge family party. This is a high-octane, high-energy show and the first night audience loved it. Try and go.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs until February 2, 2014.

For tickets phone 0844 338 5000 or go online at

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