Five much-loved stars of Charles Court Opera’s annual Boutique Pantos at King’s Head Theatre – Emily Cairns, Meriel Cunningham, Jennie Jacobs, Matthew Kellett and John Savournin – are joined by ‘League of Gentlemen’/’Sherlock’ star Mark Gatiss and his real-life partner, Ian Hallard (‘The Boys in the Band’ – Whatsonstage awards Best Actor nomination)’ and Marcus Fraser (‘Transformers: The Last Knight’).
This Christmas the KIng’s Head Theatre is closed to live performances, so Charles Court Opera are delivering a panto like no other by moving online and bringing their enduring annual mix of toe-tapping music, side-splitting gags and festive frivolity to the comfort of the nation’s living rooms for the very first time!
So, sit back, relax and get your magic mirrors ready to meet a cast of familiar and not-so-familiar characters in this cheeky and inventive take on the age-old story. With both family-friendly and adult-only versions available to stream on the device of your choosing, this unique panto experience is an unmissable Christmas treat for all ages.
Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard said: “We are delighted to be playing a small part in ensuring that panto season can go ahead this year, and hope that audiences in Islington and beyond will enjoy this intriguing new take on the classic fairy tale ’Snow White’. The show might look a little different this year but it will continue Charles Court Opera and the King’s Head Theatre’s tradition of providing fabulous entertainment at Christmas time.”
Cast: Emily Cairns (as Prince Larry), Meriel Cunningham (as Harry, his valet), Jennie Jacobs (as The Wicked Queen), Matthew Kellett (as all the Dwarfs), and John Savournin (as Snow White) and featuring the voices of Mark Gatiss, Ian Hallard and Marcus Fraser.
‘Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown’ is the King’s Head Theatre’s first show since the venue closed in March. A cheeky reimagining of ‘Snow White’, it is inspired by Charles Court Opera’s wildly successful 2015 King’s Head Theatre panto, ‘Mirror Mirror’. It is Charles Court Opera’s 14th annual panto, and the sixth in partnership with King’s Head Theatre.
Original Script by John Savournin, Original Music & Lyrics by David Eaton, Story Devised by John Savournin and David Eaton, Director John Savournin, Set Designer George Johnson-Leigh, Costume Designer Holly Pigott, Lighting Designer Ben Pickersgill, Choreographer David Hulston, Filmed and edited by Content LDN.
King’s Head Theatre and Charles Court Opera are both painfully aware of the number of their colleagues and friends that have not been able to work with and support this year. They will be donating a share of the profits from this production to the Theatre Artists Fund, and would like to thank the fund for all the work it has been doing.
Photo credit: Ali Wright