Festive Fun with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Marina Theatre Lowestoft
Reviewed by Esmee Hall
Panto season is well and truly underway across the county and this year the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft is home to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring Collabro’s singing sensation Michael Auger playing the dashing Prince Michael and Lowestoft Favourite Terry Gleed, back for his 5th consecutive year, playing Snow Whites lovable sidekick Muddles.
After the successes of Aladdin in 2017 and last year’s Peter Pan my son and I entered the theatre with high expectations and we were certainly not disappointed.
The story begins when the vain Wicked Queen, played by a very talented Rosanne Priest, looks into her Magic Mirror and discovers she is no longer the fairest in the land. The title of Fairest in the Land is now held by the Wicked Queen’s innocent and beautiful step daughter Snow White, Hayley Sewell. How will the Wicked Queen seek revenge on her beautiful step-daughter Snow White to regain her title as the fairest in the land? Will Snow White outwit the Wicked Queen and let true love prevail?
We see Snow White embark on a glitzy musical journey across the Land meeting many new friends on her way.
Snow White is a very traditional family pantomime with fantastic audience participation and hilarious lines to shout out. Muddles often needed the help of all his friends in the audience so be prepared to boo, hiss, cheer and sing.
A strong factor that’s makes this show such a success is how the script and the comedy appealed to all members of the audience young and old. It was clear that adults in the audience were having just as much fun as the children as there was something for everyone to find amusing. There were certainly smiles all round.
The quality of the singing stood out with all adult leads having amazing voices. It was clear that the audience also enjoyed singing along with the songs in the show which was a good mixture of popular songs that the whole audience could recognise and join in with.
The cast all work together perfectly and no panto would ever be a success without a character like Muddles. He had the audience in stitches and along with James Dinsmore as Dame Dolly Doolittle the pair of them really did steal the show with their silliness and cheeky humour. My sons favourite parts were the ‘Donald Where's your Troosers’ sketch and the hilarious ‘Five Gold Rings’ sketch.
The entire cast worked very hard especially the perfectly timed dancers. I was also very impressed with the children’s performance as the Seven Dwarves.
The choreography was excellent with absolutely flawless dance routines. I was really impressed with the amount of attention to detail that had been put into the scenery and costume design. All the characters costumes were amazing especially the finale outfits.
So with spectacular scenery and amazing costumes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is bursting with great songs, fantastic dance routines and laugh-out-loud comedy. Be prepared to have plenty of fun and a thoroughly good time, it really is a fabulous festive treat for all ages!
For Sale: Programmes were for sale at £4 and there was a range of flashing lights for sale.
Time: The show we saw started at 6pm and finished at 8.30pm with an Interval.
Shows: Snow White runs until 1st January 2020 for the following performances
- Mon 16th 10.15 am and 1.30pm
- Tues 17th 10.15am and 1.30pm
- Wed 18th 10.15am and 2pm and 7pm
- Fri 20nd 2pm and 7pm
- Sat 21st 2pm and 7pm
- Sun 22nd 1pm and 5pm
- Mon 23rd 1pm and 6pm
- Tues 24th 1pm and 5pm
- Thurs 26th 3pm
- Fri 27th 1pm and 6pm
- Sat 28th 2pm and 7pm
- Sun 29th 1pm and 5pm
- Mon 30th 2pm and 6pm
- Tues 31st 1pm and 5pm
- Wed 1st 3pm
To book tickets to this magical pantomime visit the Marina Theatre’s website www.marinatheatre.co.uk or Tel: 01502 533200