Snow White, The London Palladium,
***** 5 Stars
“ pure pantomime magic in all its glory!!”
The master of panto Michael Harrison and the team at QDOS pantomimes are once again back for a third year at the historic London palladium with the biggest panto in all the land, Snow White has returned to the west end in a glittering extravaganza that pays homage to both the palladium and the art of panto and its truly magical to watch.
The palladium welcomes back regular stars Julian Clary (an innuendo dipped man in the mirror), Nigel Havers (as the understudy), Paul Zerdin (as Muddles), Gary Wilmot (a premier dame turn as Mrs Nora Crumble) and star of Broadway Charlie Stemp (as Prince Harry of Hampstead). They are joined by Dawn French ( making her panto debut as Queen Dragonella), Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace ( The king and Queen) and Danielle Hope (Snow White). As this is the palladium the stars are joined by the magnificent 7 dwarfs, a 22 strong ensemble and a special acrobatic troupe The Palladium Pantoloons.
This pantomime excels because of its writing, gifted performances mixed with a simply stunning stage set from Ian Westbrook, costumes across the board knock the eye out none more so that those especially designed by the legendary Hugh Durrant for both French and Clary, Julian’s costumes truly push the boundaries of what is physically possible to wear and knock the eyes out even for those sitting in the back row of the upper circle.
Whilst Julian Clary once again delivers a machine gun barrage of innuendo and smut its always with charm and conviction that works and shows what a team player he is. Paul Zerdin and his little puppet Sam bring the charm that ensures the children are captured from the off. It falls to Gary Wilmot as dame to produce something uniquely special especially with his “ Because you love them” a pathos driven moment of beauty combine this with “Palladium Stars” a wonderful tribute to all those stars who have graced the hallowed boards of the world’s greatest variety theatre.
The music choice of mixing a special written score with several pop numbers works its charms no end and with a 14 strong orchestra in the put its easy to hit the high note. Special effects by the boys at “Twins FX” simply take over the palladium in their grandeur and all this under Ben Cracknell’s Lighting design, Gareth Owen’s Sound Design and Duncan McLean’s Projection design means all the essential ingredients are brought together for pure pantomime magic in all its glory.
The London Palladium pantomimes are born purely of love and dedication to the art form of pantomime that has seen them win the Olivier Award. Its richly deserved and with confirmation that the Palladium will host a further three panto the legacy and tradition is secured. With Michael Harrison and qdos the challenge to improve year on year will be met for now however and for Snow White Get to the Palladium, beg, borrow or steal a ticket for the biggest panto in all the land.
Qdos Presents “Snow White”, The London Palladium, London runs until Sunday 13th January 2019 Tickets from £22 go to https://snowwhitepalladium.com/tickets/