Queen Presley gives panto wicked twist
Slinky … Priscilla Presley makes her pantomime debut.
PRISCILLA PRESLEY might have once been married to rock'n'roll royalty, but having been the King's consort is little preparation for playing the Wicked Queen.
The annual extravaganza at New Wimbledon Theatre in London has become renowned for putting pantomime virgins on the altar. Victims include Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff and Dame Edna Everage.
Presley has apparently never appeared on stage before, let alone in panto, and initially it looks as if she's going to fall flat on her face.
She makes a grand entrance, swinging down from the roof, but begins to speak her lines tonelessly and with a bemused expression, as if it's written in a foreign language. News of a delayed train has been delivered with more animation.
But then something curious happens. The wickeder the Queen gets, the better her performance becomes. By the time Presley's slinky Queen snarls at housework-obsessed Snow White, ''What are you going to do, dust me to death?'' the audience is booing delightedly.
Presley earns her fee but the real stars of the somewhat formulaic show are the seven dwarfs, led by the irrepressible Warwick Davis as Prof. When he is on stage, energy levels soar.
In the end, you get exactly what you would expect: a show that's perky, plastic, inoffensive, brightly coloured. If it doesn't lodge in the brain, at least - unlike the Wicked Queen's apple - it won't stick in the throat.
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