Laugh a minute

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Grand Opera House York

Until January 5

by Janet Harrison

York’s Grand Opera House have produced a pantomime that is a series of laughs and good family entertainment.

From start to finish younger members of the audience were laughing and involved in the usual panto fun.

The cast work well together and look to be enjoying themselves and the anchor man was Aiden J Harvey as Muddles.

The comedian and impersonator, who got his break on the mid 1970s ATV talent show New Faces, reeled off the same old gags and routines with such style that the regulars in the audience hardly noticed.

Phil Randall, star of West End cabaret, films and TV and many pantomimes, was a boost to Harvey in the role of Sarah Spoilit and worked the script well.

Lauren Wood as Snow White and Rob McVeigh, as the Prince, performed their duets in convincing style.

Adele Silva made this transition from TVs’ Emmerdale to the pantomime stage with flair in the role of the Wicked Queen and had the audience eating out of her hand.

But with all the comedy mayhem and scene setting, the Dwarfs seemed to make their appearance far too late into the show, not long before the interval and they seemed to take a minor role afterwards.

The Grand Opera House pantomime has been popular with audiences for years and this show served as an endorsement that the city can cope with more than one such production.