REVIEW: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sunderland Empire

FESTIVE SHOW ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Sunderland Empire.

FESTIVE SHOW ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Sunderland Empire.

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HI-ho hi-ho - what a thoroughly wonderful show!

Panto season has returned to the Sunderland Empire and this year the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs provides the annual festive family feast of entertainment.

Su Pollard as Wicked Queen and Matt Lapinskasa as the Prince in Snow White and the even Dwarfs at the Sunderland Empire.

Su Pollard as Wicked Queen and Matt Lapinskasa as the Prince in Snow White and the even Dwarfs at the Sunderland Empire.

Telling the story of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, the show is not only littered with local references plus gags and witty one-liners to suit an audience of all ages, it’s also given a contemporary twist with vibrant performances of songs from Pharrell, Magic and Taylor Swift.

It’s hard to pick a star of the show, such is the quality of all involved.

Su Pollard - forever remembered as scatter-brained chalet girl Peggy from Hi-De-Hi - vamps it up in the role of the Wicked Queen, dusting off the jeers and catcalls like she would a Maplins holiday camp chalet.

In stark contrast, Victoria Serra is sweetness and light personified in her role as Snow White, while Matt Lapinskas - he of EastEnders and Dancing On Ice fame - delivers the most dashing of displays as the handsome Prince Frederick of Seaburn.

The lion’s share of the laughter is provided by local lad Philip Meeks, superb in the role of panto dame Nurse Penny Well, and Andrew Agnew as the hapless but loveable Muddles, best friend of Snow White.

Meeks has more outlandish costume changes than Kylie Minogue and Lady GaGa combined and along with Agnew - a well-known kids’ favourite as PC Plum in CBBC show Balamory - keeps the audience engaged and entertained throughout.

Backed up by the seven loveable diamond miners and talented local dancers, this is a show not to be missed.

Mirror mirror on the wall - there’s lots of fun to be had by all!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs until Sunday, January 4. Click here to book tickets.