Snow White, Danielle Hope takes our TheatreBiz Quick Quiz ahead of returning to the London Palladium

Danielle Hope as Snow White - Photo credit Paul Coltas
 

Danielle Hope takes to the stage this month as part of the all-star cast of Snow White at the London Palladium. Danielle plays the title role alongside Charlie Stemp, Dawn French and Julian Clary, but took some time off from rehearsals to answer our questions.

Welcome back to the West End! You famously played Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, but what’s it like getting to perform at the iconic venue again?

 I am so, so thrilled to be returning to the Palladium. It will always be the most special theatre to me – and what a way to return! 

Pantomime is often a child’s first experience of theatre, was it yours and if not, what was? 

Yes, I fondly remember going with my primary school annually to the pantomime in Manchester. Memories of eating oranges in the interval, which I always thought was such a messy snack to feed 40+ children in the theatre!

How important do you think pantomime is to the British Theatre scene?

So important. As we mentioned, it’s usually a first introduction to the theatre for young children and also a great opportunity for the entire family to experience a show together, with entertainment for all ages. During the festive season, it’s so important to spend time with loved ones and to share experiences. I think the long-running tradition of pantomime is a wonderful, heart-warming, belly-tickling treat for the whole family!

You’ve got an all-star cast. What’s it like working with such big names?

It is so exciting. Definitely a company to remember! Rehearsals so far have been hilarious and the show is going to be magnificent. 

Why should people come and see Snow White? 

It’s panto as you’ve never seen it! It’s BIG, bright and beautiful, packed full of so much fun and joy. Just the set alone will blow you away.

Snow White is running at the London Palladium from 8 December until 13 January.

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Photo credit Paul Coltas