Hi-ho hi-ho, it’s off to the panto we go

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Some well-known faces will march onto the stage in this year’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Milton Keynes Theatre’s Christmas extravaganza is set to delight the whole family as seven hardworking dwarfs and a handsome prince do their utmost to save Snow White – unprecedented demand for tickets has seen an extra week added to the run.

There were temptingly shiny red apples aplenty at Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands last week as the stars met for the first time.

One of the UK’s ‘biggest’ exports, Hollywood superstar Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Harry Potter) leads the 2013 cast – he is both directing and starring in the panto.

This month he begins a stint in Spamalot in the West End – good preparation before all-singing, all-dancing panto rehearsals start in November.

“We will stay true to the story – that’s what everyone, especially the kids, likes, but there will be plenty of comedy layered on top,” he said.

Everyone knows the classic fairytale – the Wicked Queen asks the magic mirror ‘who is the fairest in the land’ and is horrified as the mirror replies ‘Snow White ’.

Seething, the Queen orders her huntsman to kill Snow White, but he lets her go and, lost in the forest, she ended up befriending seven dwarfs.

Walt Disney has copyright of the dwarfs’ names, and so in this production Warwick plays ‘Prof’ (Doc) and others include Grumbly (Grumpy) and Cheeky (Happy).

West End and TV favourite Jennifer Ellison plays the very boo-able baddy, the wicked Queen. She said; “I’m really looking forward to being a baddy for the first time.”

Currently making the most of playing mum to two little boys, aged three and seven, she declared: “Panto is such a great family tradition. It’s such a great moment when the Queen gets Snow White to take a bite of the apple, the kids get really involved.”

Our dashing Prince Charming is Shaun Dalton (fresh from Les Miserables in the West End) and he will be wooing singing sensation Kate Stewart in the title role.

This will be Shaun’s third production at Milton Keynes Theatre, but is 18-year-old Kate’s professional debut.

Multi-talented entertainer Kev Orkian is back by popular demand following his comedy turn as Buttons in Cinderella last Christmas – expect his usual panache and musical interludes.

The poisoned apple and the malicious Queen – she is truly rotten to the core – pose a lethal threat to the innocent Snow White. Can a first kiss from a true love save the day?

Let’s hope the answer is a resounding ‘oh yes it can!’

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from December 6 to January 12. Tickets are £12-£28, call 0844 871 7652.