REVIEW: Panto Perfection with ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, December 2013

 

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, off to Panto-land we go with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

 

Seven diamond-mining dwarfs and a handsome prince battle to save a beautiful princess from the tyranny of her jealous stepmother in this year’s seasonal spectacular at Milton Keynes Theatre. The timeless fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is brought to life with charismatic characters, toe-tapping song and dance numbers and stunning sets — plus plenty of comedy.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Milton Keynes Theatre, December 2013 pantomime. The Magical Book of Panto and a Magic Wand.

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FEATURE: Christmas is coming… (“0h yes it is!”) – Panto 2013 at Milton Keynes Theatre: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ media launch, September 2013

 

The year 2013 hurtles on and, as we welcome in the autumn, the elves are already busily getting to work on Christmas plans at Milton Keynes Theatre. Nothing says Christmas quite like the wonderful British tradition of pantomime and this year’s seasonal merriment will come courtesy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

I was lucky enough to be invited to Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands for the official media launch of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This was the first chance for the stars to meet, be photographed together in costume and be interviewed by showbiz journalists from across the region!

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime at Milton Keynes Theatre, Christmas 2013. Cast: Prince Charming (Shaun Dalton), Snow White (Kate Stewart), Wicked Queen (Jennifer Ellison) and Warwick Davis as 'Prof'

The cast: Prince Charming (Shaun Dalton), Snow White (Kate Stewart), Wicked Queen (Jennifer Ellison) and Warwick Davis as ‘Prof’

 

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REVIEW: ‘Cinderella’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, December 2012

 

I HAD A BALL AT CINDERELLA AND YOU WILL TOO!

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without some panto magic and Cinderella at Milton Keynes Theatre pulls out all the stops to cast its spell over audiences.

I was delighted to attend press night for the annual pantomime at the new city’s incredibly popular theatre — particularly after having interviewed leading lady Anna Williamson (Cinderella) and the multi-talented Kev Orkian (Buttons) a couple of weeks ago.

 

Cinderella programme

 

On arrival at the theatre, I was pleased to see audience members of all ages (from the very young to those in the ‘grannies and granddads’ age bracket) milling around, enthusiastically awaiting the beginning of an evening of festive sparkle. Carol singers from Arts1 School of Performance filled the steps of the theatre, helping to set the mood and providing distraction from the bitterly cold weather outside.

Meanwhile, excited youngsters queued up to bag their very own “bundle” of glowing goodies (complete with fairy wings and magic wand in the “Cinderella Bundle”, and different shaped light-up treats and magic wand in the “Buttons’ Bundle” and “Baron’s Bundle”, respectively).

Taking a seat in the auditorium, Christmas songs were playing to get everyone in the mood and the safety curtain was lifted up to reveal a stunning purple and pink themed Cinderella backdrop, showcasing lit up candelabras and swirls and flowers.

From the off, traditional good cheer fills the stage as the well-loved fairytale is brought to life in Eric Potts’ sharply written take on a classic story.
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