Review of 2017 & Looking Towards 2018!

Well, it’s come towards the end of 2017, and the start of 2018! Throughout the course of this year, I’ve seen some amazing shows! All of them have been brilliant, but I think if I’ve had to pick a couple. I would have to say ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Monty Python’s – SpamAlot’!

But like I said every show this year has been so good! I’m not sure as yet when I will be reviewing again next year. But I’m hoping that next year will bring another lot of brilliant shows! I think it goes to show, that you don’t need to go to London’s West End to enjoy some great theatre!

I hope that by reading my reviews this year, that it has encouraged you to go and see more shows at your local theatre, and that you don’t always have to go to London’s West End to see some great theatre!

I’d like to thank The Mercury Theatre in Colchester for giving me a chance to review some of the great shows this year, and how they’ve made me feel so welcome and really looked after me and Blossom throughout this year, and I would forward to what comes along next year!

Finally, I’d like to wish every single one of you, a very Happy New Year and wish you all the best for 2018! 

Until Next Time,

The VI Critic!

The VI Critic
Photo Description: My logo of a cartoon Guide Dog with the words ‘The VI Critic wishes you… A Happy New Year’ in small and big blue letters!

Snow White & The Seven Dwafs

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been looking forward to writing this review all year! As it is December and the run-up to Christmas, then it can only mean one thing…it’s Pantomime Season! This year I went to see ‘Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs’ at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester, and this year like every year previous did not disappoint!

‘Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs’ tells the story of a Princess, whose mother dies and her father remarries her evil stepmother wants the be ‘the fairest in the land’ and will stop at nothing to become so. It’s the classic fairytale of good and evil.

‘Snow White’ played by Megan Bancroft was very good in this role, and her singing voice was beautiful and I was very pleasantly surprised. Her singing was lovely to listen to. I went to look at her credits after the show and was surprised to see that she has not landed a major role in the West End. I honestly don’t know how she has not yet been picked up by one of the big shows!

Photo By Robert Workman

Photo Description: Snow White & Robert sitting on a bench in front of bright green bushes

Like the previous two years, Anthony-Stuart-Hicks is back once again to play the role of ‘Nurse Nellie’ and as expected he did not disappoint! I was very happy to see him in the programme again this year! His humor and comedy left me and everyone in the audience in balls of laughter, making his own written jokes and playing with the audience in many ways! He was teamed up once again with Dale Supervillle, and these two working together is an absolute comedy dream! However, this year I was very disappointed to see that they did not have many scenes together, and were not on stage as much this year. The only criticism I have of the whole show was this. Please, please next year have these two have more time on stage and in much more scenes together!! After the show, Anthony said that he has already signed for next year, so please make this possible. 

Photo By Robert Workman

Photo Description: Nurse Nellie & Muddles singing and dancing on stage in front of green bushes with red roses

I was a very good night overall and a MUST SEE this Christmas season! 

People With A Visual Impairment: The Mercury Theatre is quite small and the stage is very close to the audience so if you can manage to get a seat within the first six rows you will be more than fine. One thing to bare in mind is that throughout the show there, are a lot of bright and flashing lights.

People With No Vision: A performance with Audio Description and a touch tour is available (see website for further details) but if you can’t get tickets for that performance, then honestly you won’t have a problem. Sure there are the odd scene or two, which can be quite visual, but I don’t think it will affect your enjoyment or the show as a whole at all. 

‘Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs’ is running at The Mercury Theatre from 25th November until 4th January 2018! Get your tickets now, as they are selling very quickly! For more information, you can CLICK HERE!


Photo Description: Me & my Guide Dog Blossom with the comedy duo Anthony-Stuart-Hicks and Dale Superville

Until Next Time!

The VI Critic!