An evil queen, a poisoned apple, and a magic mirror . . . Tale 53 of The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales has long been a favourite at Christmas.
Originally entitled Schneewittchen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is this year’s third most popular panto, with 22 professional productions around the country, one of which has it’s official opening this evening at the King’s Theatre.
Last staged at the Old Lady of Leven Street, as the venue is fondly known, in 2002, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs once again stars Allan Stewart as Nurse May, Andy Gray as Hector and Grant Stott, who dons a frock once more to play the Wicked Queen.
Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment, and executive producer of the show, says, “We’re delighted to be bringing back the magic of Allan, Andy and Grant to the King’s Theatre stage once again.
“The three of them are pitch perfect for panto. Edinburgh audiences are in for another pantomime treat as comedy takes centre stage in a top drawer and unmissable production.”
As this exclusive first look at this year’s glittering spectacular reveals, that comedy includes Andy and Allan as Super Salmond and Super Sturgeon in a SNP skit and a big budget, tartan clad Shang A Lang tribute to the Bay City Rollers.
There’s also a visit from everyone’s favourite flying reindeer, Rudolph, as well as a few surprises that are sure to keep audiences of all ages laughing until the curtain comes down.
Also returning to The King’s, for his second year as principal boy, is Greg Barrowman as Prince Hamish, while Francis Mayli McCann makes her Capital panto debut in the title role of Snow White.
Duncan Hendry, chief executive of the King’s Theatre says, “The King’s panto is an Edinburgh institution, and we work hard to ensure our audiences get a five-star show.
“Our advance sales for this year are extraordinary and given the popularity of the Snow White story, we’re looking forward to another bumper year.”
More than 80,000 theatre goers are expected to see Snow White over the next seven weeks, so make sure you get your tickets booked today.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, until January 17, various times and prices, 0131-529 6000
Don’t miss Barry Gordon’s review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on line tomorrow and in Friday’s News