Plenty of laughs make Kings panto a hit

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IT MAY be a freezing cold December outside.

But last night at the Kings Theatre, there opened a traditional pantomime which will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

The Southsea theatre’s take on Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is a feast of festive family fun.

As you step inside it feels like you’ve instantly been swept off to a land of adventures and mischief.

The foyer is decorated like an enchanted forest and hanging trees gliding you up to the auditorium. Credit is due to artist Simon Whitcomb for his work here.

The real star of the show is Emmerdale actress Adele Silva, who has stepped into the shoes of Lisa Riley as the Wicked Queen while Riley stars on our TV screens in Strictly Come Dancing.

Hers is an impressive performance, especially as she only joined four days before opening night.

She cackles her way through her evil plans to get ride of Snow White, moving across the stage with an untouchable menace.

Aiden J Harvey and Phil Randall as Muddles and Sarah Spoilt bounce off each other brilliantly, bringing the biggest laughs of the night as they get the crowd joining in.

Milkshake’s Jen Pringle plays an infectious Fairy Sparkle, while Gosport-born Marcus Patrick returns to the theatre following last year’s Cinderella, portraying the huntsman with plenty of suave charisma.

Charlotte MacLachlan makes for a blushing Snow White and Any Dream Will Do star Rob McVeigh shines as the dashing prince. Their singing voices blend well together.

A special mention has to go to the dwarfs – especially to Maxwell Laird and Karen Anderson for bringing their characters alive. The dancers complement the rest of the cast well, and nearly bring the house down with their version of PSY’s Gangnam Style. The younger ones do themselves proud – dressed as village children and forest bunny rabbits, they hit every move.

And let’s not forget the spectacular scenery and lighting. The stage glitters as a backdrop to the adventure and in a magical moment, snow appears to fall.

Ros Nicholas and John Simm, from Eastney, were there with their four-year-old daughter Charlie. Ros said: ‘Charlie is really enjoying herself and she thinks Snow White is really pretty.

‘It’s a nice Christmas treat for the family. The falling snow is lovely – it’s magical!’ Until January 6.




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