Snow white and the 7 Dwarfs is now in full swing at the Gala Durham this festive season and if you already have your tickets purchased your in for treat because the show is brilliant! But if you dont and after reading about our positive experience here you fancy booking up yourself then Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs runs from 22 November – 5 January 2019. Tickets are still available on selected dates with prices ranging from £6 – £17 (£50 – £58 for a family ticket).
Snow White at the Gala is a fun packed North East Pantomime and is not to be missed this Christmas!
I was kindly invited along to the pantomine show last week to see Snow White, with my partner and two sons. The show started at 6pm and kicked straight off with the magic mirror telling us a brief story about Snow White who lived in the little village of Fairyhill. We were a little anxious actually as this was Elijahs first trip to the theatre – other than when he was a baby – and now he is a fun loving one year old the thought of him sitting still and in a confined area for any length of time was scary. But he was actually great – he was enthralled by all the lights and dancing and even joined in with the crowd shouting!
This was actually my first visit to the Gala in Durham so I didn’t know what to expect from the venue. My partner has been a few times to see various shows so she knew exactly what to expect and had said she preferred it to the venue we have in our own city. The Gala is quite small in comparison to the others in the North East, but thats certainly not a negative thing in my opinion. It felt more intimate and our seats were perfect for viewing all angles of the stage.
Finding your way around the Square outside of the Gala is quite easy, you have a number of car parks to choose from too, Walkergate, The Sands and Price Bishops. We opted for Walkergate as its right underneath the Gala theatre and cost us £3 for a couple hours.
As we visited on a weekday we didn’t actually have time to dine out in Durham, but there is plenty on offer in Walkergate and in the square itself if you fancied; Nandos, Ask Italian, Bishops Mill and more.
If you have more time to dine, perhaps on a weekend showing then there is more to offer if your willing to take a short walk into Durham. Fat hippo have taken up residence here and another little favourite of mine is La Spaghettata on Saddler Street – a brilliant authentic Italians and very reasonably priced too.
So back to the show!
The tale is very loosely based on the traditional story of Snow White and gave plenty of laughs for the children – and adults to be honest. Thankfully a lot of this going straight over the kids heads. All your usual favourite characters of the tale are there, alongside a few added ones too.
The cast did a great job in getting the crowd to participate. Obviously the famous ‘Oh no you don’t’ phrase was well versed as well as others. And some members of the audience were made to be more involved than others, I dont want to spoil it for you so all i will say is – i hope you dont have front row seats booked…
All the actors were brilliant. They all played great parts and its hard to choose who our favourite was; but if I had to choose then it would be Dame Dolly Doodle (Paul Dunn) and Chester The Jester (Paul Hartley). What I loved about Dame Dolly Doodle was how North East he was, or should I say she was! I loved all of his costumes and his northern accent and phrases were hilarious, Paul executed it brilliantly. Chester the Jester was certainly my eldest sons favourite – he thought he was hilarious, especially his squeaky balloon voice!
We had a lovely evening and we loved every second of this modern take on Snow white. It was a relaxed environment with plenty of laughs. Snow White was the first Panto we had booked this year and I hope the rest we attend are as good as this one. The Gala has certainly set the bar high and I really think it will be tough one to beat.
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for me and my family to attend a weekday show for my honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.