Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Blackpool Grand Theater – actors have the gift of pantomime all wrapped up

Are we all ready for the festivities with all the traditional toppings – oh yes we are!

First on the list, a trip to Pantoland for a night of family fun, silliness, capers, dancing, music, fairytale magic and a tale of good versus evil.

Bring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the Grand Theater in Blackpool, which finally took the stage after more than two years of preparation.

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The opening weekend saw dozens of families, friends and school groups packing the historic theater ready for a night of joyous fun.

More than two hours after the curtains went up and the smiles on the faces were clear to all.

Pantomime offers a special kind of Christmas magic to people of all generations, even in the days of Tik Tok.

The digital phenomenon has even reached these imaginary lands of realms far, far away, including Lytham St Annes ….

Jamie Steen as Nurse Dolly

Much like the sounds of BTS and Dynamite, U2 and Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson.

Martin Dodd for UK Productions doesn’t disappoint with his latest offering from his long-running storybook – this tale includes all of those traditional elements we’ve grown up with, from ghost gags to lady frolics, but all updated. in the days of Covid – double jabbed, sanitized and socially distanced as a result.

Replicas work much better when delivered in pantomime rather than Boris.

But audiences are also treated with the talents of Britain’s most talented third-person and another familiar element of the Grand Pantomime comic book and Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Steve Royle as Muddles.

Chris Warner-Drake as Prince Frederick and Ellie Green as Snow White at the Blackpool Grand Theater.

For his 18th annual appearance, Steve is back with his usual charismatic charm and endearing manners for young and old. He’s at his best on stage. Saturday’s crowded audience was the perfect crowd to feed themselves with cheers in all the right places.

Her comedy and timing were perfectly in sync with Jamie Steen as Nurse Dolly, but these are the golden moments when the “incidents” sent roaring laughter all the way to the roof.

Vicky Entwistle, a decade after her last pantomime visit to The Grand, was wickedly impressive as the evil stepmom and dazzled by her range of costumes.

The lighting, costumes, makeup, production and live band are just amazing in making this show and the work to bring it all together does not go unnoticed.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Blackpool Grand Theater

Ellie Green making her stage debut as Snow White is perfectly pure, with a vocals to match and Chris Warner Drake as Prince Frederik of Lytham St Annes is both dashing and funny, bringing princely charm to the numbers. pop.

Not to mention a mention for our seven little heroes who, along with mining, can add rap to their repertoire of talents.

The incredible dancers of the Barbara Jackson Theater Arts Center join the cast once again with choreography by award-winning Katie Hill.

It’s a show so loaded with humor, music, dance and juggling, it’s almost too much and the first half in particular was quite long.

But with last Christmas misery lingering and some uncertainty still to come, a sit-in with some good old-fashioned pantomime is just what it takes to boost morale.

Long live pantomime and our happy forever.

Steve Royle as Muddles in his 18th pantomime appearance at the Blackpool Grand Theater.
Vicky Entwistle as Evil Stepmom / Evil Queen

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