Theatre Royal, Norwich
East Anglia’s biggest panto is a treat for all generations as it mixes traditional slapstick fun with contemporary pop songs, plenty of dancing and even an appearance by Look East favourite Stewart White.
Holding it all together, as writer, star and director, is the legendary Richard Gauntlett, now in his 15th year! He’s back playing the dame again this year, which works well for me, and he’s joined by Ben Langley to form a great laugh-a-minute comedy double act. You need to watch out for their ‘Bake Off’ scene is all I’ll say.
Norwich girl Alice Howes is Snow White, with such a pretty voice, while the quirky dwarfs come courtesy of Norwich Puppet Theatre.
Former soap favourite Jennifer Ellison, now with a whole new army of fans thanks to her hit TV show, Dance Mums, plays the Wicked Queen Evilynne, and has such a presence that she steals all the scenes that she’s in.
With a sing-a-long number, youngsters on stage and a few jokes at the expense of Ipswich, this is proper family entertainment - and a great introduction to the theatre for many little ones.
And special mention must go to the babes from the Central School of Dancing and Performing Arts in Norwich who are ultra cute and all those marvellous costumes. Bring on the sparkle!
Snow White runs until January 17,