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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Richmond Theatre | Review

Jon Clegg (Muddles) & Mia Starbuck (Snow White).
Jon Clegg (Muddles) & Mia Starbuck (Snow White). Photo Credit Craig Sugden.

This top notch production of Snow White is Snow Good. It does exactly what a Christmas Panto should do. It delivers a good time for all the family and all ages from 8 to 80, with slapstick, double entendres, corny jokes, outrageous puns, plenty of “oh no you’re not“, catchy songs and slick dance routines the pace never falters, the laughs just keep on coming and there is something for everyone. This should come as no surprise because this show is yet another from the QDOS Entertainment Group – by far the world leaders in Pantomimes. They have got the formula down to a fine art. They know what they’re doing, you are in safe hands and so sit back and enjoy what is undoubtedly a terrific panto.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Booking to 5th January 2020

This year they have three of the finest Panto professionals in the business: Jo Brand as the Wicked Queen Lucretia, Jason Sutton as the Panto Dame Nurse Nancy and Jon Clegg as the appropriately named Muddles. The sets, costumes and props are a delight to behold and the supporting cast of Mia Starbuck as Snow White and James Darch as Prince Harry of Hampton are equally impressive. The Magnificent Seven have a trick which is nothing short of inspired. The Ensemble sing and dance with gusto, grace and joy. The girls from Babette Langford’s The Young Set impress hugely as they keep up with professionals without putting a foot wrong. Pierce Tee directs the Richmond Theatre Orchestra from the pit whilst keeping an eye on the madcap goings on above, not easy.

Jo Brand is prefect as The Wicked Queen because she is really just being herself. When she comes on all in black with Dr Martens bovver boots and shouts “I hate Children, especially Richmond Children” you feel she is only half joking. Dressed like Suzi Quatro and sounding like Kathy Burke she is both nonchalant and deadpan as she delivers withering put downs and cruel commands. She shuts up one heckler with the prospect of being sat on. She revels in telling the audience to “Shut It” and has a winning directness which cuts through. She admits that she is only doing it because of the Inland Revenue. She delivers these lines with such insouciance that it’s difficult to know how to take them. But that’s what makes her ideal as a pantomime villain. Jason Sutton is a wonderful Pantomime Dame, surely one of the best in the business? As Nurse Nancy he is pitch-perfect as he walks a very fine line between double entendre and family entertainment. He gets it just right, even when he says “I’ve been masticating like mad back stage“. Jon Clegg is making a name for himself as the nation’s favourite impressionists and comedian. Combining the looks of Tommy Steele and the humour of Norman Wisdom he is a joy to watch. He has the capacity to put an audience at ease within seconds, he knows how to time a line to maximise its comic impact and his energy and repertoire is jaw dropping. Watch out for the scene where he ping pongs between Nurse Nancy and Prince Harry reciting the tongue twister “Sandy said she saw you selling Sushi last Saturday“. As this message gets more and more convoluted so the laughter factor rises. At one point Jason Sutton was on the verge of breaking down with the giggles. Wonderful stuff. This is a tremendous panto which I can thoroughly recommend. You will have a great time.

5 Star Rating

Review by John O’Brien

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Richmond audiences have come to expect, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery.

There’ll be a magical mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as the beautiful Snow White tries to outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.

Comedian, writer and presenter Jo Brand leads the cast as The Wicked Queen. Adding to the comedy will be Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jon Clegg returning as Muddles following his celebrated appearance as Mr Smee last year and brilliant dame Jason Sutton.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Richmond Theatre
Little Green, Richmond, TW9 1QJ
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours including interval
Booking to 5th January 2020

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  • John OBrien

    JOHN O’BRIEN born in London in 1960 is a born and bred Londoner. His mother was an illiterate Irish traveller. His early years were spent in Ladbroke Grove. He was born at number 40 Lancaster Road. In 1967 the family was rehoused in Hackney. He attended Brooke House School for Boys in Clapton, - as did Lord Sugar. He became head boy and was the first person in his family to make it to university, gaining a place at Goldsmiths College in 1978. He took a degree in Sociology and a PGCE . From 1982 until 1993 he taught at schools in Hackney and Richmond. In 1984-85 he attended Bristol University where he gained a Diploma in Social Administration. From 1985 until 1989 he studied part-time in the evenings for a degree in English Literature at Birkbeck College. He stayed on at Birkbeck from 1990-1992 to study for an MA in Modern English Literature. He left teaching in 1993 and has worked as a tutor, researcher, writer and tour guide. He leads bespoke guided tours on London’s history, art , architecture and culture. He has attended numerous courses at Oxford University - Exeter College, Rewley House & Kellogg College. In London, he attends courses at Gresham College, The National Gallery, The British Museum, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The British Academy and The Royal Society. Read the latest London theatre reviews by all reviewers.

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