Reviewed by Mrs_Taylor
Oh what a night! It is getting cold and dark outside so what better way to start feeling festive than to go to a pantomime. And Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Hippodrome is definitely the perfect way to get into the festive spirit!
I arrived at my allocated time to see a huge queue waiting to be let in. We all needed to show proof of a COVID pass or recent test on admission which is why the queue was large but luckily the staff were all great and we were let in very quickly. The Hippodrome is a classic venue for a pantomime and this year it didn’t disappoint. As soon as you step through the doors and see the luscious red and gold colours, people milling around in festive jumpers and all the glowing light toys you can buy, you are ready to be entertained.
My seat was in the stalls and had a fantastic view of the stage. Due to COVID everybody has to wear a mask for the entire show which, as the theatre was packed, made you feel a little safer. Upon seating you immediately started to feel Christmassy as there were illuminated snowflakes all over the stage.
There were several famous names including Rob Rinder as the Man in the Mirror, Lesley Joseph as The Wicked Queen and Andy Ford as Muddles. Then you had Charlotte Haines as a beautiful Snow White and Dale Mathurin as a dazzling Prince Harry. They were all fantastic! Rob Rinder has the most incredible glittery outfits and performed some great dance moves through the night and Lesley Joseph was fearsome and very entertaining as The Wicked Queen.
But it was Andy Ford as Muddles who stole the show. He is the ‘panto man’, who has done many many pantos at the Hippodrome and elsewhere and it shows. He is just so completely at ease with the audience and had everyone laughing.
The panto is 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval) and there are several bars to buy drinks and snacks from in the interval. The costumes are both breath taking and hilarious. A lot of the scenes have backing dancers and both their moves and their over the top costumes were fantastic. Then the dwarves were a sight to behold! Every time they arrived on stage you couldn’t help laughing and I spent a while trying to work out how their costumes actually worked!
Then you had the most gorgeous set. This changes many times during the play from the dwarves house to a snow fair theme. Each set piece is elaborate but none more than the most incredible dragon! Definitely full marks for lighting and set design!!
This is a twist on the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which is great as I genuinely didn’t know what was going to happen next. These surprises kept it refreshing and entertaining and I really didn’t want the evening to end.
I would highly recommend this pantomime to anyone who needs a pick me up or who just fancies a laugh and it really is suitable for all ages! The perfect way to start my Christmas celebrations.
Rating: 5/ 5
Tickets cost from £13.00 and there is a £3.65 transaction fee.
Snow White is on at Bristol Hippodrome between Tuesday 7th December 2021 and Sunday 2nd January 2022, for more information or to book tickets visit:
https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/snow-white/bristol-hippodrome/ or call the box office on 020 7206 1174.
Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ