King’s Lynn panto blew me away by Lucy Ruthnum

Behind the scenes of the Corn Exchange panto for feature. ANL-141012-150105009
Behind the scenes of the Corn Exchange panto for feature. ANL-141012-150105009
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Every year I wonder how the team behind Lynn Corn Exchange’s Christmas pantomime could possibly put on a show that is even more spectacular than the year before, but every single year they blow me away.

This year’s performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was easily the most diverse and bizarre pantomime they have staged yet – with slapstick humour, cheeky innuendos and tongue twisters aplenty.

Only Fools and Horses star Sue Holderness showed her evil side as she swept around the stage as the Wicked Queen to boos from the audience, mingled with laughter at her hilarious rants about Snow White. Joined by her partner-in-crime, the Magic Mirror, audiences are in for a treat when they see who is playing this all-seeing oracle.

Back in fine form was the inimitable Dame Dotty, who as usual came laden with a fine collection of outfits that were eye-catching to say the least.

The Seven Dwarves were the most adorable characters in the production and stole the show with their terrible jokes and fantastic musical numbers.

Musical director Mike Tandy blew the audience away with what was the most diverse, catchy and current soundtrack the Lynn production has seen yet, incorporating some of the biggest hits of the year alongside those well-loved Snow White songs, like Whistle While You Work.

My absolute favourite had to be the raucous adaptation of the Twelve Days of Christmas which had the audience in hysterics and bellowing out the lyrics that have been stuck in my head every since.

A few technical hitches were not enough to stand in the way of the creative team behind this production, who went far beyond the special effects of last year’s performance with plenty of fireworks and some rather entertaining bangers.

Tickets are still available for the productions, which is showing until December 31, call the box office on 01553 764864 to book. You can book earlybird tickets for next year’s production of The Adventures of Robin Hood for £16 too.