REVIEW: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bridlington Spa

Shining, shimmering, splendid, glittering, glowing, great '“ that's the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Bridlington Spa.

Friday, 16th December 2016, 9:30 am
Updated Saturday, 17th December 2016, 10:06 am
Joe Standerline
Joe Standerline

It is superbly dressed, decorated and delivered from the detail on the dame’s extravagant hats – note Shaun the Sheep and Aleksandr Orlov the meerkat – to the red sheen on the poisoned apple.

Snow White is hated by her wicked stepmother who poisons her. She is brought back to life by a kiss from a prince. In between she is adopted by seven dwarfs.

But it is not about plot – it’s about the fun, the hiss, the boo, the cheers, the music, the silliness, the sing-along – the panto has ‘em all.

Ann Widdecombe – a last minute replacement for Lorraine Chase as the Wicked Queen – is a revelation.

There is no doubt – after antics on Strictly – that the former MP is a game girl but she is much more than a famous name at the top of the bill. She works her tiara off.

Step forward my favourite – Joe Standerline as Dame Dolly Dumpling – clearly a fella in a frock and his performance is steeped in music hall tradition.

There are a times when he and Simon Grant – back again this time as Muddles – are a bit naughty for a young audience but it goes straight over their heads and hits the adults in the funny bone.

Grant is a favourite with Brid audiences, he connects with the children with his cheekiness and charms their parents.

Amy Reader as Snow White and Asa Elliott as Prince Benedict are a perfect, tuneful couple. Alexander Lee as ‘Orrible Herman is a great baddie.

Children from the Collette Tyler School of Dance are more than decoration. They sing, dance, play villagers and dwarfs.

No gimmicks, no gadgets – just a traditional family panto with everyone simply having a wonderful Christmas time.

It runs at Bridlington Spa until Monday January 2.

Times: Dec 17 and 18 at 1pm and 5pm; Dec 19 at 1.45pm; Dec 20 and 21 at 1.45pm and 6pm; Dec 22 at 2pm and 6pm; Dec 23 at 2pm and 7pm; Dec 24 at 1pm and 5pm; Boxing Day at 2pm and 6pm; Dec 27 and 28 at 1pm and 5pm; Dec 29 at Dec 30 at 2pm and 6pm; Dec 31 and Jan 1 at 2pm

Tickets: 01262 678258.