Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (5 stars)

Mix of contemporary with traditional is glittery, family-oriented and fun

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Mixing contemporary tunes with a traditional storyline, the King’s performance of Snow White is suitably glittery, family-oriented and fun.

The cast are solid throughout. Darius Campbell (previously Danesh) provides a teeth-clenchingly sincere and Scots-laden take on Prince Charming, the usual tights and hat combo replaced with a kilt.

The show’s highlights have to be Still Game’s Gavin Mitchell as court jester Muddles and Steven McNicoll as henchman Herman. The pair’s timing and delivery is impeccable, offering a Marx-brothers-style take on panto slapstick and pithy one-liners about current affairs. While the unfortunate loss of Gerard Kelly earlier this year has obviously had an impact on the company, Mitchell in particular appearing emotional when honouring his former colleague prior to the show’s finale, the spirit of good old-fashioned ‘it’s behind you’ Scottish panto is evident in strong, warm productions such as this. A seasonal staple for 2010.

King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 10 Dec

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Festive theatrical extravaganza starring Gregor Fisher, Des Clarke and Juliet Cadzow.

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