Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Bournemouth Pavilion had audience members in raptures throughout with plenty of fun, frolics and double entendres
The Pavilion in Bournemouth kicked off the festive season in style with its thoroughly entertaining family-friendly panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The show was packed full of all the qualities you’d want to see in a Christmas production – fun, frolics, incredible sets, fabulous costumes and plenty of lewd jokes for the adults (that were of course lost on the kids).
This was my youngest son’s first panto, and he was enthralled right from the start, screaming wildly in delight and passionately booing Queen Grimelda, played by Su Pollard, who is best known for her role as Peggy in award-winning British sitcom Hi-de-Hi!
Su played the part of tongue-in-cheek villain, the wicked stepmother, expertly, her horrible deeds eliciting gasps of horror from the rapt audience.
She was also extremely funny, with her shamelessly filthy suggestions towards Prince Kendrick and finding no end of ways to get unsubtly handsy with him – much to his obvious disgust.
Jenny Huxley-Golden was the perfect Snow White, all sweetness and light and naive innocence. She doesn’t veer much from the original Disney version, although she’s certainly more forthright and has some impressive dance moves to boot.
The larger-than-life characters of Dame Dilly Donut (Jamie Steen) and her comic sidekick Muddles (Noel Brodie) were my personal favourites.
They had the audience on side from the get-go, treating them to some very smutty innuendo, hilarious double entendres and quick, dry wit.
Parading on stage and through the audience in a series of outlandish and outrageous frocks and elaborate hair creations, shouting out “Alright love” to a mortified dad as she passed, Dame Dilly had the audience in fits of laughter with her flirty ways and failure to control her cheeky son, Muddles.
Prince Kendrick, played by Jake Hankey, was at his best trying nobly to politely spurn the advances of Queen Grimelda – which was a lot of the time!
He and Snow White were, of course, the perfect match, and the pair had great chemistry.
The seven dwarfs were extremely loveable, even Stroppy, and it was refreshing to see the production company had used dwarf actors. They succeeded in bringing the classic story of my imagination to life.
The dancers, some of them children, were wonderful, providing some enchanting entertainment and helping to drive the action.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was panto at its finest, with plenty of audience participation and infectious humour.
Although if you asked my boys what their highlight was, it would be getting sprayed with water pistols by Dame Dilly, Muddles, and one of the seven dwarfs, Cheeky.
For show times and tickets, visit bournemouthpavilion.co.uk