Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Lily Savage 2004
Opened 17 December 2004, Closed 23 January 2005 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London
Raised by a wicked and vain Queen, beautiful Snow White is taken into the forest to be murdered. But, the Huntsman cannot commit this horrible deed and so she flees and finds refuge in the home of seven diamond-mine workers / dwarfs. When the Wicked Queen discovers that Snow White is still alive, she transforms herself into an old hag and brings a poisonous apple to the young girl. Only Prince Charming can save Snow White now... Lily Savage stars as The Wicked Queen - and who better to take on the role? She is so deliciously evil, that you'll love her! The Seven Dwarfs will help the proceedings along, as will the large cast of goodies and baddies. Enjoy the great songs and dance numbers performed by a live orchestra, the magic mirror, stunning sets, dazzling pyrotechnics and, ofcourse, the audience participation!!
The cast for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Londoned features Lily Savage (Paul O'Grady) the 'Wicked Queen' with Diana Pilkington as 'Snow White', Andrew Kennedy as 'The Prince', Rebecca Wheatley as 'Nurse Nice', Sean Canning as'Catsmeat', David Langham as 'The Major' and Fogwell Flax as 'Muddles'. The panto is written by Tudor Davies and Paul Elliott and directed by Carole Todd. Lily Savage's West End credits include Prisoner Cell Block H The Musical at the Queen's Theatre in 1995.
This traditional family panto has already played four sell-out Christmas seasons around the UK - Bristol 2003/04, Manchester 2002/03, Southampton 2000/01, and Birmingham 1999/2000.
"Lily Savage's Wicked Queen in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is a direct descendant of the Danny La Rue school of transvestitism. Strictly speaking, she's not a dame, but a sparkling, drag act in an otherwise humdrum pantomime. It is lacklustre, but, nevertheless, moderately entertaining, if what you're after is a rather low-rent hymn to naffness with more costume than drama. Cheesy children and a mildly embarrassed chorus line of not-terribly-gifted lads and lasses wearing paste-on smiles and tired folksy frocks perform out-of-sync disco-dancing routines. When hidden behind the furry faces of animals, they look much more at ease. Meanwhile, Lily Savage, a gobby goddess dressed to kill in a series of dazzling gowns, rips into the audience, sneers and scowls for Liverpool and rages at Snow White for being 'furrer' than she is." The Mail on Sunday
"As the Wicked Queen, the foul-mouthed Liverpool slapper is a weird mix of frocks and insults... Lily Savage brings a ready-made persona to panto; and she lives up, or down, to her reputation by trading insults with the audience from the moment she detects 'a smell of poo and snot' which turns out to be emanating from the kids in the stalls. But, while Lily is a truly wicked old queen who twice tries to bump off Snow White, she also stands outside the action offering a Brechtian running commentary on it... Dianne Pilkington is a suitably demure Snow White. Rebecca Wheatley, ex-Casualty, potters about amiably as the Nurse. And the Seven Dwarfs clearly win the audience's affections." The Guardian
"Parents who plump for this show will do so in the hope that Savage's trademark acerbic, innuendo-laden humour provides some relief for the grownups. Carole Todd's unlovely production stutters into fitful life when Savage is allowed to roam the stage as if at a solo stand-up gig, and on these occasions even manages a couple of decent lines. 'I know what they mean when they shout 'It's behind you' - they're talking about your career', she says with feeling and probably with one eye on the gruelling performance schedule of the next weeks. While the adults are sniggering - or not, as the case more likely is - at references to hangovers and the menopause, the kids sit patiently and hope their turn will come. It doesn't. Such a dominant character in the 'evil' corner leaves no space for the collected forces of good and thus a fateful imbalance is struck." The London Evening Standard
The pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in London at the Victoria Palace Theatre opened on 17 December 2004 and closed on 23 January 2005
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Dawn French 2018
Previewed 8 December 2018, Opened 12 December 2018, Closed 13 January 2019 at the London Palladium
An All-Star Pantomime production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in London for a strictly limited Christmas season
Presented by the acclaimed Panto producers Qdos, following the success of their previous pantomimes here at the London Palladium with Cinderella in 2016 and Dick Whittington in 2017.
The cast features Danielle Hope as 'Snow White', Charlie Stemp as 'The Prince', Dawn French as 'Dragonella, The Wicked Queen', Julian Clary as 'The Man in the Mirror', Paul Zerdin as 'Muddles', Nigel Havers as 'The Understudy', Gary Wilmot as 'Mrs Crumble', Vincent Simone as 'The King', Flavia Cacace-Mistry as 'The Queen', with Faye Best, Myles Brown, Darragh Cowley, Ivan De Freitas, Scott English, Liz Ewing, Ross Finnie, Diana Girbau, Matt Holland, Abigayle Honeywill, Stevie Hutchinson, Jemima Loddy, Megan Louch, Mollie McGugan, James Paterson, Leanne Pinder, Oliver Roll, Jordan Rose, Aaron J Smith, Lucie-Mae Sumner, Carrie Sutton, Grant Thresh, Charlotte Wilmot & The Palladium Pantoloons - along with 'The Magnificent Seven' played by Josh Bennett, Simeon Dyer, Craig Garner, Ben Goffe, Jamie John, Blake Lisle, and Andrew Martin.
Directed by Michael Harrison with choreography by Karen Bruce, sets by Ian Westbrook, costume by Hugh Durrant, speciality costumes by Mike Coltman, lighting by Ben Cracknell, music by Gary Hind, and sound by Gareth Owen.
When this production opened here at the London Palladium in December 2018, Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard said that Dawn French's "Queen Dragonella is an engagingly tongue-in-cheek villain... As Prince Harry of Hampstead, Charlie Stemp channels the spirit of a young Michael Crawford, and there are crowd-pleasing interludes from ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, though an extended in-joke about the superfluous presence of Nigel Havers wears thin. Directed and largely written by Michael Harrison, this is in essence a variety show, and the story of Snow White herself is at risk of getting lost amid its extravagant dazzle... But it's visually ravishing and infectiously funny." Dominic Maxwell in the Times thought that "this third wildly entertaining Palladium panto is... a series of irresistible set pieces. It's an excessive show, certainly, but an excessive amount of fun too." Patrick Marmion in the Daily Mail described how "Dawn French is fabulous as the wicked Queen Dragonella... This is French at her finest: flirty, flighty, slightly cross and marvellously bossy... As the Man In The Mirror, Julian Clary is there to model a dizzying range of ludicrous panto frocks... Most of all, though, he's in it for the innuendo, which comes thick and fast (much of it smutty, be warned)." Sarah Hemming in the Financial Times commented that "this is very much pantomime as variety show... and filth, masses of it, delivered largely by Julian Clary, who turns up in a series of outfits that Louis XIV might have rejected as de trop, but whose script is smuttier than a chimneysweep's apron... It's all very silly, fabulously excessive and perfectly polished, but if you prefer your festive treat to favour insight over innuendo, this is not the one for you." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that Dawn French "amazes with a fiendish tongue-twister, she bumps and grinds in an inappropriate cougar fashion, lip-synching to pop hits as she tries to hit on the young Prince, and she delivers a wonderfully Dibley denouement, elsewhere holding her own as to the manner born. But she doesn't get nearly enough chance to blaze with glory because the sun keeps refusing to set on Julian Clary's orgy of gay innuendo and self-admiration." Neil Norman in the Daily Express wrote that "it stars Julian Clary in a succession of increasingly outrageous costumes and Dawn French making her panto debut as Wicked Queen, Dragonella. Clary's uber-camp schtick milks every in-your-endo until the udder is dry. But its attractions include engaging ventriloquist Paul Zerdin as Muddles and Gary Wilmot as the dame."
Dawn French's West End credits include her own 'stand-up' show Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2015, returned in 2016; the role of 'Bernice Clulow' in Kathy Burke's production of Carmel Morgan's comedy Smaller at the Lyric Theatre in 2006; and the role of 'Angela' in Garry Hynes' production of Geraldine Aron's one-woman comedy My Brilliant Divorce at the Apollo Theatre in 2003. She has also appeared on the West End stage alongside her comedy partner Jennifer Saunders in French and Saunders Still Alive at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2008.
Charlie Stemp's London credits include role of 'Arthur Kipps' in Rachel Kavanaugh's revival of the David Heneker and Beverley Cross musical Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2016. He will be playing the role 'Bert' in the return of Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne's production of the stage musical Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2019.
Nigel Havers' London stage credits include 'Richard Oldfield' (playing 'Algernon Moncrieff') in Lucy Bailey's production of Simon Brett's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2014; 'Pierre Brochant' in Robin Lefevre's production of Francis Veber's See You Next Tuesday at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2003; and 'Algernon Moncrieff' Peter Hall Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest at the National Theatre in 1982.
Gary Wilmot's West End theatre credits include the role of 'Badger' in Rachel Kavanaugh's production of the George Stiles and Anthony Drewe musical The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium in 2017; the role of 'Andre Thibault' in Jerry Mitchell's production of David Yazbek's musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre in 2014; the role of 'Elliot Garfield' in Rob Bettinson's production of the Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippell musical The Goodbye Girl at the Albery Theatre (now Noel Coward Theatre) in 1997; the role of 'Joe' in Simon Callow's revival of Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones at the Old Vic Theatre in 1992; and the role of 'Tony' in Roger Redfarn's production of Barry Manilow's musical Copacabana at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1994.
"Pantomime once used speciality acts to fill in the gaps of the story but here the story exists simply as a framework for the acts. Much of the time, the stars - Dawn French, Julian Clary and Nigel Havers - address each other by their own names rather than those of their characters... Julian Clary, playing the Magic Mirror, has lashings of charm but only one joke and offers variations on it (back passages, blockages, tradesmen's entrance) for three long hours. Dawn French is so lost as the Wicked Queen that one wonders whether Clary's suggestion that she took the part "to pay a huge tax bill" is true... The show is unsuitable for children, as much on account of its incoherent narrative as of Clary's relentless smut." The Sunday Express
"Most theatres' pantos paper over the cracks with dusted-off rotating set costumes, gags and sparse choruses. Here, QDos, the world's biggest panto producer, throws money at the stage, creating a lavish seasonal variety show... There is not one headlining star here, but a promised showdown between returnee Julian Clary as the Man in the Mirror and panto newbie Dawn French as the cougar queen Dragonella. The ventriloquist Paul Zerdin as Muddles and Gary Wilmot's lovely Mrs Crumble are often scene-stealing. Impressive and enjoyable as it often is, however, what is this frequently self-referential production's target audience? Clary's shtick is funny, but his double entendres make for a blue Christmas family outing." The Sunday Times
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in London at the Palladium previewed from 8 December 2018, opened on 12 December 2018 and closed on 13 January 2019