Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Milton Keynes Theatre
Never did I think I’d see Warwick Davis kung-fu fighting with an acrobat dressed as a zombie from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.
But that was just one of the weird and wonderful scenes in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Milton Keynes Theatre last night.
The renowned actor showed just why he is such a Hollywood star with his mesmerising stage presence and super singing as he took on the role of Prof.
Davis also directed the production, which was by far the best pantomime Milton Keynes Theatre has yet produced - but then their pantos just get better every year.
There was no hint of the out-dated, cheesy performances I remember from the pantomimes I saw in my childhood. This was a slick, state-of-the-art and completely fresh re-telling of the classic fairytale, Snow White.
With no expense spared, the sets alone were like magic. A Disney-esque dwarfs’ cottage, the Wicked Queen’s castle and a dark forest all loomed large on the stage, sparkling and shining and looking sensational.
They were amazing enough to look at as an adult – I can only imagine how fantastic they must have looked to the children in the audience gazing up at them.
The Wicked Queen’s mirror used some clever video-wizardry, and there were other moments in the performance where the company showed off their high-tech credentials –but I won’t spoil any of the surprises.
Davis may have been the official star, but it was Kev Orkian who once again sprinkled the fairy dust on the show.
Playing the lovable Herbert, he had the audience in stitches from the moment he bounced onto the stage.
As ever with a pantomime, one of the best bits was when children from the audience were invited up on stage.
The unpredictability of what the little angels (and monsters) were going to come out with created better comedy than you could ever hope to script.
Kev is brilliant at interacting with both the children and the grown-ups, and he really made the show.
Jennifer Ellison, dressed in a stunning costume, relished her role as the Wicked Queen.
She strutted across the stage, screeching and cackling and cursing at poor Snow White and her funny friend Herbert.
Marvellous as she was at being pure evil, she still cracked a few jokes of her own and made a good comedy combo with Kev.
Kate Stewart and Shaun Dalton were brilliant as Snow White and the Prince, with some beautiful musical performances.
And when the dwarfs entered the theatre, the atmosphere was electric.
With musical numbers that everyone will want to sing and dance along to, from One Direction to a rendition of ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ , it’s the perfect panto. Spellbinding.