Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Hawth

The cast belting out a number
The cast belting out a number

When do I start getting that Christmas feeling? Normally it's after I have seen the Hawth panto.

And this year is no different. The quality of the Crawley theatre's pantos just get better.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

A part of the reason the quality is better this year is because Stephen Mulhern is back - this time as Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Mulhern forms a great team with Molly - played by Best Dame 2016 nominees Michael J Batchelor (remember him from last year?) - and Richard Franks as Herman the Henchman.

There is no need to go through the plot details all you need to know is there are plenty of songs, a huge joke hit-rate (the pun-filled shop name scene was enjoyable) and some outrageous costumes. The production values are very high (which we have come to expect at The Hawth thanks to Evolution productions) and a real highlight was the famous ghost bench scene - which has been updated to 3D (don't worry glasses are provided).

Another nice surprise, which I won't spoil, was the Mirror who was played by one of Crawley's famous sons (and it wasn't Gareth Southgate). It was a lovely bit of casting.

The Dwarfs are great fun - with Brian my particular favourite. Although Loopy - as Brian May - has a great moment during the rather surreal Queen Medley. And Lucy Kemp chewed up the scenery as Queen Ivannah.

Lauren Cocoracchio (Snow White) and Rob Wilshaw (Prince Charming) make a sweet couple and enjoy a couple of good song and dance numbers (with some songs written for the show and some covers - including a song from one of the Broadway shows of the moment - Dear Evan Hansen).

Each year I think the Hawth panto can't get any better, but again they smashed it out of the park.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is on from now until Sunday January 7

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