There’s nothing quite like a pantomime to get one into the Christmas spirit.
On Saturday night, my partner, Jose, seven year old daughter Mia and I, braved the elements to go and see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Venue Cymru, and it was well worth the effort.
Comedian John Evans (currently in his ninth year at Llandudno) stole the show as Muddles. He really is a great comic, and his likeability and mischievousness makes for a very entertaining evening.
Nigel Ellacott, as Nanny Myfanwy, had some fabulous outfits and was equally as hilarious. Look out for the water spitting scene, it’s a hoot!
Robin Windsor of Strictly Come Dancing fame was the Man in the Mirror, or Twinkletoes as Muddles calls him. Out of his comfort zone, having to act and sing as well as dance, he handled the role well, though he did have trouble trying not to corpse when playing scenes with John Evans, which all added to the enjoyment for the grown-ups.
Emma Francis as the evil Queen Sadista, was up for all the booing and hissing, and even had a go at a smattering of Welsh. But, she was outdone completely by Nigel Ellacott’s brilliant attempt at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch! Phew!
Ricky Johnston as Prince Connor of Conwy and Sarah McNicholas as Snow White were the real singers in the cast, and were suitably sweet in their roles.
And the youngsters from the Pearl Shaw of Performing Arts were brilliant as the seven dwarfs and joined the ensemble.
This show has everything, fabulous sets and costumes, lots of locally referenced jokes for the adults as well as a clever scene with a video camera on stage filming the audience, and even a flying pterodactyl!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, until December 31, make sure to take the whole family along, it’s a great night out!