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Friday, July 27, 2012
How do you tell one of the best known fairy tales in a new way? By assembling a cast of more than 200 and turning the very idea of storytelling on its head.
As matron, Bethany Gregory is a steadfast guide for both the audience and her young charges - particularly the principle quartet of orphans (Louise Waller, Charlotte Boys, Katie Wilkinson and Luke Hull) who are present and in character for almost the entire piece - as the traditional story of Snow White is thoroughly messed with.
There is still an evil stepmother (a spiky Eleanor Robinson), a prince charming (Charlie Knowlton-Rayner) and a magic mirror (the beautifully-voiced Kirsty Hobson), and of course Snow White herself (calmly and enigmatically portrayed by Grace Durbin).
The rest, however is up for grabs, as the characters come alive in a complex musical within a musical.
Jack Bannon shines as the evil queen’s henchman, with comic turns too from Gabriella Gymer-Davies as nurse and Sam Payne as robber Jock.
With a large supporting cast rotating throughout the run this is an impressive technical feat as well as an artistic one, and the band - led by Charlie Caine - provide unrelenting support too.
An audacious and original production whose young and enthusiastic cast deliver all that it promises.
Snow White runs nightly at 7pm until Saturday, August 4 (except Sunday), with Saturday matinee performances at 2pm.
As the gates to the Royal Hospital Gardens at Chelsea opened to the world’s media yesterday, with a frenzy of activity as photographers and camera crews vied for the best vantage points, there was also a very palpable sense of relief among the hundreds of nurserymen and women who have come to exhibit their prize horticultural specimens that their stands were complete and looking their very best.