Cannon and Ball at Lyceum panto

Comedy legends Cannon and Ball have returned to Crewe Lyceum in this year’s pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – and what a fantastic return it was, writes Claire Faulkner.

The show was brilliant, and judging by the atmosphere and volume of audience participation, everyone there on the opening night had a great time.

Directed by David Fleeshman, this is a fun-filled show, produced to a high standard with a talented cast and crew.

It has everything you could want from a panto.

Outrageous costumes, music, dancing, laughter, more laughter and then, just when you think you’ve stopped laughing, it makes you laugh even more.

Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball were brilliantly funny playing The Henchmen.

And if I had to pick one of my favourite parts of the show, it would be when they’re playing table tennis together. Comic genius.

Also returning to The Lyceum was Malcolm Lord, who was fabulous as the dame.

If you’ve got tickets and will be going to see the show, watch out for the scene when The Henchmen and the Dame perform a joke about plucking a pheasant.

It’s cleverly written, but I can also imagine it took time to get absolutely perfect to perform in front of a family audience.

Hollie Swain is wonderful as Snow White and has a beautiful singing voice.

Jenny Gayner is suitably evil as Queen Lucretia and Carl Douglas plays a great Prince Callum of Crewe.

If you want to see a classic panto comedy this Christmas, you won’t be disappointed by this show.

I enjoyed it so much I’ve booked to see it again.

Oh yes I have.

Rock on, Tommy.

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  1. David Harrison says:

    Cannon and Ball turned back the clock to bring their own brand of comedy magic to the opening night of Snow White and the Seven Chaps Who Shuffle About On Their Knees. Sadly, real dwarves were nowhere to be seen this Christmas. Austerity measures seem to be biting as deeply in to theatre land as Snow White bites into that poisoned apple. Nevertheless, the production did not disappoint. Tommy and Bobby delighted the family audience with their unique brand of endearing silliness in true panto tradition. The cast all turned in competent performances but Malcolm Lord was excellent as the dame and the brilliant Jenny Gayner gave a standout performance as the evil Lucretia. Make sure you visit the Crewe Lyceum soon for a real Christmas treat.

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