Panto is like Christmas condensed, from the laughter to the silliness to all the fun in between, you know it’s the festive season, especially when Mike Doyle dons a dress and adds a splash of lippy! Last night we headed out as a family to catch this year’s Pantomime at New Theatre, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…
It was press night so there was quite a buzz in the air, and it was lovely to meet other bloggers and to catch up (briefly!) with Cardiff Mummy Says. We all had a nibble and a tipple and then it was time to see the show!
The cast for Snow White includes Samantha Womack as Queen Lucretia, Gareth Thomas as Alfie the Henchman, Mike Doyle as Dame Betty Blumenthal, Chico as Prince Chico, Tam Ryan as Muddles and Stephanie Webber as Snow White.
The stage was suitably festive and as the show began I had a little Molly bouncing on my lap excited to see the one and only Dame Betty (aka Mike Doyle!)- she’s a massive fan! The show began with a nice introduction of each of the characters, as well as a lot of banter and general audience participation-style fun. We loved shouting out the regular panto heckles such as, ‘Oh no you don’t!’, it’s so much fun and it makes for a very different theatre experience indeed.
I really loved how the Seven Dwarfs were created, with simple yet effective costume and amazing actors; their performances totally reminded me of Diddy Dick and Dom, making it really accessible for the younger members of the audience. They were sweet, funny and just bags of fun!
Prince Chico did as expected and danced his way around the stage a few times whilst trying to woo Snow White, whilst Muddles watched on helplessly. Muddles definitely made the audience laugh; Tam Ryan has great timing, an array of comedic facial expressions and he was also very confident on stage; you could tell he loved entertaining the crowd!
Stephanie Webber performed Snow White with what seemed to be a focus on the feminine and Disney styled Snow White, and Molly adored her. Plus, she always roots for the good guy in anything we watch, which is so sweet! Gareth Thomas was in his element on the stage and having a lot of fun by the look of it, I totally loved the audience’s reaction to his entrance, so much love and support in the beautiful city of Cardiff.
Without doubt, Samantha Womack stole the show. Warren and I couldn’t believe how amazing her voice was as she performed I’ll Put A Spell On You and other songs. She absolutely rocked it and her comedy timing was spot on. I loved her little smile as she performed, as though she was enjoying every moment from start to finish. I really hope we get to see her in more theatre performances in 2018!
The costumes and set were all very festive and not overly complicated, but it didn’t need to be. The show is more about fun, frolics and having a good time whilst being entertained and there was plenty of that for all! We had so much fun last night and I really feel there’s been a major Christmas boost to my life after attending.
The show runs until Sunday 14th January 2017 and tickets start from £13.00. If you’re keen to get in early for 2018’s panto of Beauty and the Beast then you can take advantage of the New Theatres awesome payment plan that allows you to pay for your tickets in installments over the year.
Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.