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The best panto yet at The Regent Theatre

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Christian Patterson

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THIS year's Regent Theatre pantomime is certainly a must see!

The glittering festive production at the Hanley venue has it's regular cheesy comedy, beautiful vocals, wonderful choreography and superb scenery.

However this year's Regent Panto of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is running until January 5, just seems to have a lot lot more!

There is still some of the familiar Regent panto traits - especially from the region's favourite panto star Jonathan Wilkes - but there also seems to be a lot more comedy which will have you in stitches and maybe, like me, in streaming tears of laughter.

The talented cast is on top form right from curtain up with the jokes and banter just rolling off their tongues – at one point not really leaving much time for audience members to breath between fits of laughter.

Jonny Wilkes plays the loveable Muddles, while Christian Patterson plays Herman The Henchman, both of whom co-direct this year’s show too.

Regent panto veteran Jonny, once again, has the audience in the palm of his hand with his on-stage charisma and likeability; while it is great to see Christian playing a part other than a dame giving audience members the chance to really appreciate his comical facial expressions which have, in previous years, been otherwise masked slightly by exaggerated lipstick and mascara. What an entertainer he is!

Katie Elin-Salt beautifully plays the title role of Snow White, while her Prince Charming is, well I must say, charmingly portrayed by Jamie Tyler.

The dwarfs were most entertaining with their cute factor and their bumbling around on stage truly portraying the loveable characters of this much-loved tale.

The best vocals for the show unusually come from the baddie of the panto this year, with Debbie Chapman stunningly and scaringly playing the Wicked Queen.

I must congratulate the whole team at the Regent Theatre for keeping up their panto excellence - but with, this year, some refreshing changes. I would say this year’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the best panto I have seen yet at the Regent Theatre!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is running at the Regent Theatre in Hanley until January 5. For further details and to book tickets call 0844 871 7649 or visit www.atgtickets.com/stoke.

BELINDA HARGREAVES

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