Reviewed by Sarah Bryan
This panto has been billed as “Bucks Best Panto” so the expectations were high for this being outstanding and it most certainly delivered!
With a super smiley energetic cast, the classic story of Snow White flowed along on a high tide of hip busting dance moves and big belting songs and in true panto style, the humour satisfied every appetite with tongue in cheek adult only innuendo and silly slapstick leaving the auditorium in stitches! Plenty of participation from good spirited members of the crowd and extra surprises that you have to go and experience in order to get the full effect, so I won’t spoil it for you!
Brendan Cole led the cast as the Prince’s Huntsman and received massive applause and cheers for his superb dancing as well as his singing and acting. This is his debut in panto following his time in Strictly Come Dancing and he was obviously a favourite with the crowd. But Brendan wasn’t the only talent up on that stage; Kieran Powell as Muddles with his sidekick puppet Dave turned out to be a true entertainer; his endearing character’s unrequited love for Snow White received plenty of “Ahh’s” from the audience and his amazing gift of ventriloquism had our kids staring open mouthed and astounded… and asking questions all the way home!
A lovely surprise was Natalie Spriggs as the evil Queen Lucretia and her incredibly beautiful voice as she sang and she portrayed the darkness of the Queen’s persona so well.
It really was a packed stage full of talent and all the performers from the fun-loving cheeky panto dame (Jason Sutton) to the seven dwarfs were simply brilliant individually so to merge it all together gave us an explosion of creativity which was a delight to the senses.
The set was kept simple in design with no bells and whistles, but it made up for it with plenty of glitter and sparkle; namely in the form of the Magical Mirror – Britain’s Got Talent’s Mandy Muden who floated on and confidently worked the crowd.
The lighting was very cleverly arranged and the swirling whirling shapes that covered the entire auditorium were magical. We were seated in the Upper Circle in the centre which was a great position as you could see the entire stage clearly, but the downside was the middle light on the stage floor was positioned to shine directly at us so many of us sat with our hands blocking it during the big numbers when all lights were on.
The performance time of 2 hours 10 minutes (including interval) was just about the right time for children and I was particularly impressed by the huge variety of snacks and food available in the foyer areas. We sampled the ice cream and slushies and nuts but there were lots of people using the pre-dining option and their food looked delicious.
The Wycombe Swan is a lovely intimate venue and wherever you’re seated, you not far from the action and right in the heart of the town. It’s kept super clean and tidy and we found the staff to be friendly and helpful and smart.
Our visit to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Wycombe Swan was a real family feel good afternoon out that all of us enjoyed immensely. We have talked about it non-stop and raved about it to family and friends. If you are going to see a panto this year; this is the one!
Tickets cost from £14.50 to £40 (booking fees may apply).
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at the Wycombe Swan from7-30 December 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk or call the box office on 01494 512 000.
Wycombe Swan, St. Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE | 01494 512 000