Now celebrating its 120th year, Birmingham Hippodrome certainly doesn’t disappoint with its highly acclaimed annual pantomime. This year, it’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and with a list of incredible reviews under its belt already, we went along to see what the fuss was all about…
The sold-out London Palladium production has cast its spell across Birmingham, mesmerising audiences of all ages into a magical bonanza filled with top-class humour and star quality, alongside dazzling costumes, spectacular staging and show-stopping dance numbers.
Amongst all of this grandeur, it goes without saying that Matt Slack (Muddles) remains an integral part of the show, having performed in Birmingham Hippodrome’s pantomime productions for a number of years previously (he even has his own dedicated seat in the auditorium).
From his very first appearance, the audience response is overwhelmingly positive, as he receives cheers and claps throughout, which creates a light-hearted environment amongst the auditorium and plenty of laughs along the way. It’s easy to see why Birmingham audiences come back to see him year after year, as his panto charm is prevalent throughout the production, which perfectly complements the likes of Lesley Joseph (Queen Dragonella), Faye Brookes (Snow White), and Andrew Ryan (Nanny Annie Aspirin).
Brooks successfully captures the charming innocence of a classic princess, with vocals to match, whilst Joe McElderry, who plays The Spirit of the Mirror effortlessly belts out a variety of vocally challenging numbers, having shot to fame after winning the sixth series of X Factor back in 2009.
The production is jam-packed with local references throughout, thanks to Jac Yarrow (Prince Harry of Harborne) and Doreen Tipton (The Lady in Waiting) who mentions our Black Country neighbours from start to finish, to the audience’s delight.
Glittered with incredible costumes and plenty of sparkle, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a festive favourite that doesn’t lose its appeal after December, and with performances running up until February, it’s definitely not to be missed.
The show will be running until Sunday 2nd February, click here to find out more.
Photo credit: Simon Hadley