A big show where it counts

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Malvern Theatres


Although this panto at Malvern stars dwarf actors (unlike its Birmingham neighbour performing the same story), there's nothing small about it.

This show is big on laughs, big on character and sure to be a big success. It more or less follows tradition in set and storyline with a few pop songs and musical numbers to help it along the way. The script also cleverly weaves in current jokes that go over the younger members of the audience's heads but add some fun for the adults on the likes of Rebekah Brooks and Miley Cyrus. 

The only pitfall would be why they decided to change the names of the dwarfs to alternatives like Kip instead of Sleepy and similar.

Sue Holderness as the Wicked Queen and Olivia Birchenough as Snow White

Our heroine is played by Olivia Birchenough from Channel 5 children's show Milkshake, whose ever-smiling, kindly Snow White wins over the dwarfs and the audience. At the other end of the spectrum,  (Marlene in Only Fools and Horses) is deliciously evil as the Wicked Queen and relishes the boos. She also shines as a comedy actress, adding plenty of quips and even dropping in a few lines about Del Boy.

It's a good strong cast all round but when it comes to winning over hearts, it's not Snow White but her best friend Muddles (Chris Pizzey from The Basil Brush Show) who gains adoration. 

Pizzey is wonderful with the children in the audience, along with the adults, and attracts the biggest cheers.

All in all, it's a fun show that will make you shout, boo, hiss and most of all, smile. To 05-01-13.

Alison Brinkworth 


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