For me, Christmas means a few different things; Too many mince pies, watching the Snowman and a trip to the pantomime. I was kindly invited to go and watch ‘Snow White’ at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing so I took my family along with me for a festive night of fun! I can’t say I am the biggest fan of pantomimes now I’m a bit older but it was a fun evening and I was looking forward to being in on all the adult jokes and seeing my younger Brothers (and my Grandad!) enjoyments at the slapstick comedy moments. I’m going to be 100% honest in this review like I always am and break it down into the different components that make a good performance…
C A S T
Is a pantomime really a pantomime without an ex-soap star or a celebrity? The cast for ‘Snow White’ was fabulous and included Chesney Hawkes (I’m not too familiar with him but my Mum was loving it), Joeseph Elliot and Richard David Caines (from CBeebies fame) and Cassie Compton (First season X-factor) were members of the cast, all of which I thought were really talented. I actually saw Cassie in the Wedding Singer this year and loved her, you can read my review of that here. For me, the ones who really stood out were Nikki Evans who plays the Queen and David Caines who was her sidekick.
One thing I wasn’t so impressed with was the half-assed performance from Jo Brand via video ( she played the mirror). I have to say, I think it was rather pointless and if they were going to do it they should have put a bit more production value in. There were no effects, backgrounds or anything and I think it could have been done better. Also, I may be biassed as I really don’t find her that funny. SORRY! The ensemble were also really strong but I couldn’t help but notice quite a few moments where the dancers weren’t in time with each other. I feel like this needs work but on the other hand, the dancers all had GREAT feet ( lol).
S I N G I N G
I may have been the only member of the audience looking at the singing from a musical theatre students point of view so my opinion may be different from others. Like most pantomimes, they took pop songs and made them fit the storyline. One I remember that really stuck out to me was when Nikki Evans sang ‘Human’ by Rag n Bone Man. Her voice is incredible and she hit some insane notes throughout ( you know they were good when my Mum AND Brother looked at me at the same time when she hit them). After not knowing what Chesney Hawkes sounded like I sort of assumed he wouldn’t be great. After all, he’s ‘just an 80’s pop singer right’. He had a great voice and really suited the theatricals. His voice with Cassie Compton’s blended together so beautifully and I was impressed!
A C T I N G
There isn’t much to comment on in terms of acting but one of my favourite parts of the show were actually when things went wrong. In EVERY single pantomime I’ve seen, something has gone wrong but that’s the beauty of it. It’s always hilarious and the cast always burst into laughter. When you’re playing such big characters doing such hilarious things, laughter fits are bound to happen. The whole cast dealt with things so well and they didn’t break character, even if they were laughing when they weren’t supposed too! I found it so hilarious and I’d watch it again just for little moments like that. If you’re thinking that you’re a little too old for a panto now, I would reconsider. Some of the jokes were actually really fun and risque. I really enjoyed the simple storyline and cheeky jokes.
O V E R A L L
I had a really good night. As it was the press night, we got to mingle with the cast afterwards and they all seemed really lovely and they all had time to take pictures with the younger audience members. I actually asked some of the dwarfs for their autographs as I knew it would make there night ( it did, and their mums!) One thing to mention is that I’m not sure why they were selling spinning, flashing toys to the kids. The little boy right next to me had it on for the whole act 1 and I was so pissed off- maybe I’m just a massive Scrooge.
The bar at the Pavillion Theatre was also so lovely, with a great selection of drinks and snacks (shoutout to the incredible canopes as well, I was enjoyed them a lot! ) I would highly recommend gathering up your family and heading down to Worthing for a fun festive evening for all to enjoy!! You can buy tickets here from £12.50!
I was kindly invited to see this show by Pavillion Theatres but all views are my own!