5 December 2014 to 4 January 2015
Reviewed by Louisa Nashir
My family and I were recently asked to attend Christmas pantomime of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs directed by the fabulous Warwick Davis who also stars in the production at the stunning Manchester Opera House.
We were all very excited after learning who would be starring on stage and nearly burst with excitement when the big day finally arrived.
Our drive from Eccles to Manchester City Centre wasn’t the easiest due to heavy traffic and bad weather conditions but we finally made it after an hour of clock watching in gridlock.
The Opera House is such a beautifully structured building and really stands out against the others in the vicinity with its lavish decor and huge show posters outside.
We made our way in and made our way over to the ticket desk where the efficient staff members made checking in a breeze. We were then shown to our seats in the stalls which had the most spectacular view of the stage.
As traffic had been so bad we missed around 5 minutes of the beginning but soon caught up with the story and sat gazing in awe for the duration of the show.
The cast members are very well known stars and each did a wonderful job of portraying their character on stage and had the audience’s attention for the evening.
The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a much loved simple tale known around the globe so seeing it on stage was a real pre-Christmas treat for all of us.
The show was directed by the hugely entertaining Warwick Davis who played the head dwarf Prof! I am a huge fan of Warwick so was delighted to see him up on stage being his usually comical and cheeky self.
The Dwarfs were hysterical and really made the audience squeal when their song ‘Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s off to work we go’ began playing and the 7 dwarfs came from a side door and made their way to the stage through the crowd carrying their lanterns!
The show also stars the über glamourous Priscilla Presley as the wicked queen who is desperate to kill snow white and be the fairest of the land.
Priscilla was the perfect choice for this role and she really had the audience booing at her thanks to her devilishly good put downs. For a lady of 69 I must say she is amazing and can certainly dance!
Snow White was played by the beautiful Natalie Andreou who really captured the audience’s heart with her softly spoken lines and simply brilliant dancing (especially Thriller)!
Muddles was played by panto regular Tam Ryan and he did a smashing job of getting the crowd rowdy and panto ready! He has a series of mishaps during the show which are funny and will leave you smiling!
The handsome prince was played by Philip Olivier (Tinhead in Brookside as I remember him). Long gone is the rough edge Liverpool lad, he transformed himself into a politely spoken bit of eye candy which the ladies loved!
Finally, no show is complete without the funny Daniel Stockton who played Herman the Henchman the Wicked Queen’s right hand man with a heart of gold. His one liners and humour were brilliant and had everyone in stitches.
Together with the other dwarfs, dancers and extras the cast did the most amazing job brining a classic fairytale to life in a very 21st century way!
The best part for me was the Wicked Queen taking a Selfie with a gang of half-naked men draped around her which had the audience clapping and laughing. We were rather impressed that the wicked queen knew what a selfie was!
The set changes took place quickly and each set and costumes was designed and made with the greatest attention to detail!
If you love sparkles, stunts and lots of tongue in cheek comedy then this show is perfect for you as it was hilarious!
Whilst we were there we purchased some soft drinks for the children 2 for £5 which was extremely reasonable for the size.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £42.40 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at the Opera House in Manchester until 4 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3018.
Opera House Manchester. 3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP | 0844 871 3018