Panto Season is upon us… oh yes it is! Emma Frayling reviews Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Bristol Hippodrome

As a huge theatre fan, it’s wonderful to see productions back on the stage, curtains raised and audiences once again safely experiencing all the joy a trip to the theatre brings. The Bristol Hippodrome sits centre stage of St Augustine’s Parade close to the Harbourside and within walking distance of the city’s main shopping areas.

As one of the largest theatres in the South West, it attracts leading west end shows and world premieres from all genres of performing arts from opera to ballet, musical theatre, concerts and of course shows for children with its great family-friendly atmosphere. 

Judge Rinder as Man in the Mirror CREDIT Mark Dawson Photography
Image: Judge Rinder as Man in the Mirror. Credit: Mark Dawson Photography.

This was the first time I’d been to see Bristol’s pantomime and I had high expectations – lots of slapstick comedy, sparkling costumes, sensational special effects, and great music to get me in the festive spirit! And I was not disappointed! Comedy actress and musical theatre star Lesley Joseph takes the role of The Wicked Queen supported by favourite TV judge, Rob Rinder as The Man In The Mirror and Andy Ford as Muddles. Snow White is played by Charlotte Haines and the Prince by Dale Mathurin.

Lesley Joseph in Snow White. Credit: Mark Dawson Photography
Image: Lesley Joseph as Queen Dragonella. Credit: Mark Dawson Photography.

Lesley stole the show for me with her superb stage presence and comic timing. The slick script moved seamlessly from joke to joke and meant I laughed from start to finish! The scenery and special effects were spectacular and the big musical numbers including ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Frosty the Snowman’ had the audience clapping and singing along. As with any pantomime there was lots of audience participation and plenty of cheeky references to Bristol and the surrounding area to make you giggle!

I don’t need to tell you the story, apart from a twist on the poison apple scene, you know it well. The glittering finale gave a wonderful ending to a 5* show. From pre-schoolers to grown-ups of all ages, Snow White is the perfect festive treat for everyone to enjoy! 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is staged by Crossroads Pantomimes, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, led by Michael Harrison and the creative team behind recent Bristol Hippodrome successes. 

Snow White runs at the Bristol Hippodrome until Sunday 2 January 2022. Check details for relaxed performances, audio described and captioned performances. 


Snow White at Bristol Hippodrome
Snow White at Bristol Hippodrome

Lesley Joseph will be heading from Chigwell to Bristol this Christmas to star as The Wicked Queen in the Hippodrome’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Lesley will be joined by Rob Rinder who will be making his panto debut as The Man In The Mirror and Bristol panto favourite Andy Ford as Muddles.

The Bristol Hippodrome
Bristol Hippodrome theatre inside

One of the country's top provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions.