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Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs

Anyone wanting a panto possessing broad family appeal should head over to Richmond where Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs is happily ensconced. All the best pantomimes combine a none too subtle blend of slapstick, innuendo and topical humour for the adults and this scores highly on every count, providing great fun for everyone.

Lesley Joseph is in wonderfully wicked form as the venomous Queen Lucretia on the prowl for a handsome (royal) hunk, while Laurie Hagen and Paul Manuel star respectively as the eponymous heroine and Prince Harry of Hampton Wick- just one of many local references spicing up proceedings! Richard Dax is panto dame Nurse Gertie whilst Peter Piper's Muddles, the court factotem, is in top gear, doing sharp impressions of Ali G and David Attenborough, much to everyone's delight.

There's a small segment of audience participation at the end but most importantly everyone's attention is clearly engaged from the very start, a small voice shouting out unsolicited to the queen "you're horrible" after her vain entreaty to the mirror to affirm her 'the fairest of them all.' With regard to festive entertainment, colourful, as full of zest and festive cheer as this is, it may well indeed be the best of them all.

(Amanda Hodges)

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