Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
I hadn’t been to the theatre for quite some time, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to review Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Opera House in Manchester last night. The theatre itself is in a central location in Manchester City Centre. As well as there being parking opportunities in side streets, here are also various car parks available close by but I travelled via bus and tram. The theatre is a short walk away from Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop. Upon arrival at the theatre, what struck me was how beautiful the building is, the foyer area looks stunning. The inside of the theatre wowed me. I want to mention at this point how polite and helpful every member of staff was who I came across last night was, a real credit the theatre. One staff member even kindly showed me the route to the disabled toilet during the interval of the panto. Items such as light spinners and refreshments were available to purchase at a reasonable cost in the auditorium.
I sat in my comfortable seat eagerly awaiting the start of the show. The show had the wow factor right from the start. The lights and special effects were impressive and clearly so well thought out. The costumes were exciting, vibrant and clearly made by a talented costume team. The set was amazing and the set changes flawless.
Being a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing, I was very excited about seeing Craig Revel Horwood in action. Coming from a family who loves all things dance and musical theatre, I was also looking forward to seeing which dance routines the show had to offer. Craig Revel Horwood had an impressive stage presence and he looked amazing in every one of his costumes. My favourite Craig Revel Horwood moment was when one of the other cast members pulled off a certain piece of his costume. I won’t say any more as I do not want to give too much away.
Ben Nickless, comedian and impressionist, was amazing. My favourite scenes he was in were a confectionary scene and one where he was talking about a duck he purchased on eBay. That man is hilarious. He brings on real belly laughter and you are sat there wondering what he will come out with next. He has a real natural talent for comedy. I also loved one particular scene where he was doing impressions of various singers, they were so good. He even managed to bring in some jokes about current political affairs and had the audience in stitches. There were some funny adult jokes mixed in at various stages of the show, but they were done in such an appropriate child friendly way.
Eric Potts, formerly of Coronation Street, also really impressed me. He played Dame Nora Crumble. My guest and I were in stitches at the Dame’s costume designs, they were so far out there. The Dame and Muggles had fantastic onscreen chemistry together. Zoe George is beautiful and talented. Her dancing ability wowed me away. Her online chemistry with Prince Harry, played by Joshua St Clair, was incredible. The dwarfs, played by Daniel Breakwell, Jack Buchanan, Tyler Jay Dobbs, Matt Faull, Barney Fritz, Dale Mathurin and Nathan Routledge stole the show during their scenes. They each had their own hilarious but individual characters. The dancers from the Stalder Academy of Dance were phenomenal.
The panto had the usual audience participation that pantos have. This added to the wonderful atmosphere in the auditorium. Muggles even brought 3 children from the audience up on stage towards the end of the show to take part in a very funny song. My favourite songs from the show were the 12 days of Christmas and I’m still standing. All of the musical numbers were phenomenal though.
I highly recommend booking to go and see this panto. It was such a fantastic way to spend an evening in good company and every single member of the cast showed such impressive talent. I give this show a well-deserved 5/5
Tickets cost from £12 (plus transaction fee of £3.65).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at the Opera House in Manchester from 6-29 December 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/operahouse or call the box office on 0844 871 3018.
Opera House, 3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP | 0844 871 3018