Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Bristol Hippodrome – ‘highly entertaining’
No one has been more vocal than Star Wars and television regular Warwick Davis about the decision at some other theatres to cut dwarfs from the cast of Snow White and replace them with young dance school pupils. Recent founder of his own Reduced Height Theatre Company, he only signed up for Bristol on condition that the title characters remained just what they were said to be.
Davis is, of course, a particularly vibrant and versatile personality. He is surrounded by a strong cast, and the usual outstanding Hippodrome production standards, but there is no doubt he is the main attraction of this spectacular pantomime, worth the price of admission alone for his show-stopping Elvis impression.
The dwarfs don’t make their Hi Ho entrance for almost an hour, though, and First Family Entertainment have been wise in assembling two very different comedians to hold the fort – children’s television presenter Andy Day (Muddles) and daft-as-a-brush Andy Ford (Herman the Henchman), as welcome as ever for his seventh successive Hippodrome pantomime.
Experienced West End musical performer Kim Ismay is not just a totally hissable Queen Morgiana, but is in fine voice also, as is confident newcomer Francesca Lara Gordon in the title role