Snow White at the Lawrence Batley Theatre Review

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Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

11-27 December 2015


Reviewed by Joanne Sinani

I attended the show this evening with my seven year old daughter along with my friend and her five year old son.

Prior to attending the show I researched the production company and felt reassured that the show would appeal to my daughter and friends son. With a history of doing productions at schools and being promised it was suitable for curious five and six year old and that the show put would put the fairy dust into our Christmas we felt excited to be attending.

The show is ‘loosely’ based upon the old time classic of Snow White with a modern day twist set in the mines with a Yorkshire brass band. If you’re expecting magic, princesses and Disney type magic then this show is not for you. Don’t visit the show with this idea or you will be disappointed. Snow White is on the run from her fame hungry wicked step mother mystique stardust when she stumbles across the trumpet toting miners who take Snow White under their wing and together they make music together before Snow White is captured and trapped in the talking mirror.

Would I agree that this show is suitable for curious five and six years old? Absolutely not. There is one scene whereby mystique breaks out in a song stating that’s she wants to cut out Snow White’s lungs and have them for her tea as well as cutting out her lungs from her lily white breast. Further in the show she is presented with what is meant to be Snow White’s lung to which my daughter shouted out that’s not real its jelly! These disappointing scenes spoilt it for the rest of the show in which they were some sweet and tender moments. The best scene was where Snow White is reminiscing about her father you were captivated by her emotions along with the background effects. The use of props and how the story was told in both past and present was witty and had great potential to be something brilliant but sadly we left the show feeling a little deflated and without the promised Christmas spirit. Would I recommend it? Yes to people who have an open mind and want anything but magical but certainly no to a parent with a curious five or six year old.

Rating: 4/5

Tickets cost from £10 to £15 (booking fees may apply).

Snow White is at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield until 27 December 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01484 430528.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

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