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Lily Savage to play Snow White's evil queen



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CHRISTMAS might be several months away, although you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise with the weather as it is, but plans are already well in hand to bring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the West End as a traditional English pantomime, in what promises to be a treat for the whole family.

Paul O'Grady, better known as drag queen, Lily Savage, is to play the evil queen and who better to take on the role?

The seven dwarfs (and how many can YOU name?) will help proceedings along; as will a ballet of the animals and several captivating dance sequences.

Also planned are magic mirrors, stunning sets and even dazzling pyrotechnics. Not forgetting, of course, audience participation and the customary pantomime banter - all the ingredients, in fact, for a great night out.

Paul O'Grady is no stranger to the stage, having toured with Prisoner Cell Block H and Annie.

After working the clubs as Lily in the mid 80's and appearing at the Edinburgh Festival, in 1987, O'Grady made his break into television in 1995, with Live From the Lilydrome and a presenting assignment for The Big Breakfast.

The Lily Savage Show followed, as did a successful stint in Blankety Blank, his inimitable style equalling that of past presenters, Terry Wogan and Les Dawson.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens at the Victoria Palace on December 17, 2004, and runs until January 23, 2005.

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