Last night The cast of Snow White Panto at The Birmingham Hippodrome raised the roof. If you’d have happened to be walking past the theatre, the sparkle, glitter and joviality must have been seeping out.
After the spectacular of last year’s Panto, Peter Pan, I had no idea how this year’s production could top it. Yet Producer and Director, Michael Harrison, delivered again with an outstanding performance full of special effects, a flying sleigh and an all star cast.
Snow White and The Seven Dwarves follows the loose story line of the classic fairytale with a clever twist at the end. The panto was also packed full of local references and topical jokes. Local star Doreen Tipton as the maid in waiting was hilarious with her dry sense of humour straight from the Black Country.
However as always the star of the show was Matt Slack, returning for his 7th consecutive Panto at The Hippodrome. His energy, witty jokes and playful banter on stage have everyone in stitches. Although this is a family show, there are plenty of jokes that the adults will enjoy. I honestly laughed out loud so much that my jaw was aching by the end of the night.
Matt is joined by a huge cast including Lesley Joseph as Queen Dragonella, Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes as Snow White and Joe McElderry as The Spirit of the Mirror. Lesley plays the part of the panto villain perfectly, with plenty of maniacal cackling whilst also making a fantastic comedy duo with Matt for much hilarity throughout.
Ten years since his X Factor win, Joe McElderry wows the audience with his stunning voice. He holds an amazing stage presence and looks as though he was born to be on the stage. He certainly had Mini desperate to get up and dance along in the aisles.
Britain’s Got Talent finalists, “Flawless” also took the stage as Dragonella’s Royal Guards. They wowed the audience with jaw dropping dance routines throughout the show, slick, punchy and packed full of acrobatic stunts.
Mini and I had a fantastic evening at the panto, a dazzling show full of all the magic of panto packed with plenty of surprises, laughs and fun along the way. Snow White provides an out of this world spectacle, the perfect family outing that you do not want to miss this panto season.
Snow White Panto Information
Performances of Snow White run until Sunday 2nd February 2020. The show is recommended as family friendly and suitable for children aged 5 upwards. For those who are sensitive to loud noises, there are a few big bangs.
Tickets start from £17. Special family offer available by calling the box office on 0844 338 5000. 2 Children (under 16s) go half price with every full paying adult (Price Bands A-C, yellow and purple performances and blue performances from 4th January).
Tickets can be purchased directly from The Birmingham Hippodrome Website
Captioned Performances – Sunday 5th Jan, 1pm and Wednesday 8th Jan 7.15pm
BSL Interpreted Performances – Sunday 12th Jan, 1pm and 5.15pm
Touch Tour – Wednesday 15th Jan 12.30pm and Saturday 18th Jan 2020, 1pm
Audio Described – Wednesday 15th Jan, 2pm and Saturday 18th Jan, 2.30pm
Relaxed Performance – Wednesday 29th Jan, 12pm
- The running time is approximately 3 hours including a 20 minute interval.
- Parking is available at The Arcadian however, there are often large queues to pay to leave after the theatre.
- Snow White souvenirs and merchandise are available at the theatre should children wish to take some pocket money along to spend.
- Birmingham Hippodrome is a very large theatre, there is the option to see the view from your selected seats on the website, to see which would be suitable for little ones in your group.
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend Snow White at Birmingham Hippodrome the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.