Bursting onto the stage with all the festive family fun you’d expect from panto land Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is this year’s offering from the Ipswich Regent Theatre.
The magic mirror always tells the truth and when the Wicked Queen is no longer the fairest in the land but the beautiful Snow White is, the Evil Queen sets about a plan to have her Stepdaughter, Snow White murdered so that she can become the fairest again and marry the handsome Prince.
However her plans fail when her sidekick Ramsbottom can not bring himself to carry out the Queen’s orders, and he leaves her deep in the darkest wood to fend for herself inside. All seems hopeless at first for poor Snow White, however a group of Dwarfs find her lost in the forest and come to her rescue.
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs has everything you could want for a family production. The younger members of the audience were hooked from the start as the Forest Fairy appeared on the stage in a puff of smoke!
Funny slapstick, from Chris Casserly as Dame Dotty D and Mike McClean as Muddles continued throughout the show, and McClean had a fabulously funny way with the children from the audience on the stage in the second half.
This year’s Regent Panto is full of very strong musical numbers. Natasha Hamilton blew us away with her vocal numbers. She also makes for the perfect Wicked Queen with her strong acting skills too, and, Collabro’s Matt Pagan is perfectly cast as the Handsome Prince, with his stunning 80s power ballad, a stand out moment of the show.
This panto really has something for everyone, with humour, music and great costumes, of which Dame Dotty D has many of… If it’s family fun you’re after this Christmas, look no further than The Ipswich Regent.
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs will be at the Ipswich Regent Theatre until 2nd January 2019. To Book your tickets contact the Box Office on www.ipswichregent.com or 01473 433100.
Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine