This year’s pantomime at The Regent Theatre is great family fun. I’ve actually never been to a panto, let alone one starring Jonny and Christian, and I couldn’t stop laughing.
The duo are simply superb on stage, they have a great presence and really know how to get the audience involved. The show is the perfect mixture of slapstick comedy with a few risqué jokes thrown in for the adults.
The Wicked Queen was first to take to the stage, setting the scene and claiming her well-earned role of the panto villain. With her powerful voice and confident presence, Debbie Chapman soon worked up a good boo from the crowd.
Snow White was next to arrive with a rather cheerful pop song. Katie Elin-Salt played the sweet and innocent role of Snow White rather well and did a good job improvising, even though it’s only her second time starring in a pantomime.
Johnny is a Stoke favourite and didn’t disappoint although I have to admit, Herman the Henchman (Christian Patterson) was my favourite. The show also had quite a lot of local references which certainly got the audience shouting back retorts.
The seven dwarfs played an important role and although they only made their first appearance towards the end of the first half, they soon won over the audience, none more so than sweet Loopy played by Paddy Holden.
The show included the classic “He’s behind you!” line, although only when the audience were prompted to pipe up, making it all the more entertaining.
With plenty of dance routines, well known songs, an outstanding set and great costumes, directors Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson did themselves, and Stoke-on-Trent, proud.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will run until Sunday, January 5, with a week’s break for Glyndebourne's L'elisir d'amore, December 11th-14th. Tickets are available from the box office by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting their website.