DISNEY favourite Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs opened with a bang at Middlesbrough Theatre with the welcome return of pantomime specialists Extravaganza Productions.

The theatre is marking its 60th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than this wonderful adaptation of the Snow White story, complete with love, humour, song - and a good old splattering of audience participation, too.

Middlesbrough Theatre's annual Christmas offering is renowned for its fabulous sets, talented dancers and beautiful costumes. They never fail to dazzle and beat expectations each and every festive season, and this year is no exception.

From the moment the curtain lifts, to the rapturous applause at the end, the talented cast bring an energetic performance that is full of fun, laughter and entertainment.

A sterling effort was put in by Shaun Prendergast, who played my personal favourite, the loveable Nurse Glucose. He teamed up with the great Muddles the Jester, played by John Archer, to keep the audience on their toes and laughing.

Deena Payne, of Emmerdale fame, played a magnificent Wicked Queen, while Adele Silva, also of Emmerdale, showed off her fine voice as the demure Snow White.

Robert Bardsley, meanwhile, was the dashing prince with a quite remarkable voice - no wonder he has performed alongside Elton John and Queen.

Everything in this year's pantomime is polished, professional and vibrant, from the dancers to the huntsman and the seven dwarfs.

Every year, Middlesbrough puts on a fabulous show and once again it has hit the right note. Get tickets if you can.

  • The show runs until January 14, 2018. Call the Box Office on 01642 815181.

Karen Westcott