Hi Ho... Hi Ho... It's off to panto we go! Our review
Last week I went to the Ipswich Regent to see this years Christmas Panto, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and I have to say it is one of the best Pantomimes I have ever seen being performed at the Regent.
Glamorous Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton plays the Wicked Stepmom, her undoubtable star presence could be felt as soon as she came onto the stage. Appearing in a glamorous red body-hugging dress, the Wicked Witch is tough competition for little innocent Snow White!
Popular Christmas tunes played in the background before the show, adding to the festive atmosphere. Finally, the show starts with “the mirror on the wall” (located at the top of the stage) doing a countdown with the whole audience joining in and with the band playing a few notes from the traditional Snow White hymn, Hi Ho!
The curtains open and the forest fairy appears, and after a brief introduction of the characters the cast gather to sing one of the Greatest Showman’s most popular songs, much to the audience excitement and a perfect way to start the show.
The “Queen of mean” or the Wicked Witch, asks the mirror on the wall, played by Wayne Bavin who was clearly enjoying his noodles, “Am I most beautiful queen you have ever seen? The mirror’s reply, dooms SnowWhite to death and the queen plans the best way to get rid of her with the help of her loyal Henchman, played very dramatically by Stevi Ritchie.
In the meantime, Prince Collabro meets Snow White played superbly by our local talent Harriet Bacon, ( who just happens to be my son’s performing arts teacher at the Pauline Quirke academy ipswich) both are instantly in love with each other. Some beautiful duets from the talented couple and comic scenes immediately follow, involving funny man Mike McClean (Muddles).
As per the story, the Henchman does not kill the princess, as he was a kind hearted man, but tells her to run into the forest and advise her to never come back! The Queen realises Snow White is not dead and sends demons to kill her but she is saved by seven adorable dwarfs. I LOVED the dwarfs, their personalities are so original and funny, it brings the whole fairytale fantasy to life for the children and the adults enjoyed their cheekiness and unique performances as there are a few international actors involved.
I would describe this years Panto as a mix of west end Musical Theatre and traditional Pantomime.
What a joyful show this was, a real musical feast! Songs included ( two from the greatest Showman), I’m a believer from Shrek, the popular Baby Shark song, and some beautiful ballads and duets from Collabro, Harriet, Stevi, and Natasha Hamilton. And of course loads of laughter with the constant comedic improvisation from Muddles ( played by Mike McClean), seven adorable little people and Dame Dotty, played by Chris Casserly, in outrageous outfits!
Henchmen asking the public what to do with the Wicked witch, and the children in the audience replying “kill her”!
The beautiful ballads sang throughout the show
Muddles comic improvisations were genius
Prince Collabro not being able to contain his laughter throughout his performance
Natasha Hamilton’s star presence
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is playing at the Ipswich Regent until Jan 2, 2019 Book now!
Relaxed performance is on Thursday 27 December at 12pm.
This year's performance is approximately 3 hours long including a 20 minute interval.
This year, The Regent has introduced a Relaxed Performance on Thursday 27 December at 12pm. The performance will be specially adapted for audience members to reduce stress and anxiety and create a more open and welcoming environment to enjoy the show.
Lighting and sound levels will be adjusted, auditorium lights will be on and auditorium doors will be open so audiences can move freely.
Prices start from only £13*
*All prices are subject to availability and may only be available on certain performances. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
Concessions: £2 off the top 2 prices (excluding Boxes)
Family Tickets: Top price £73, second price £63
Groups: Buy 10 get 1 free!
Schools offer: £6 student ticket. 1 Free teacher per ten students (Monday 17th December only)
(These prices includes a £2 per ticket booking fee)