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
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.