Latest news / 29 January, 2019



Manchester Opera House is delighted to announce that their 2019 pantomime will be the enchanting fairy-tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring the judge we all love to hate, Craig Revel Horwood as the ultimate Wicked Queen.

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients that Opera House audiences have come to expect, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of jaw-dropping dance, side-splitting comedy, sensational special effects and plenty of festive magic.
Fresh from the ballroom, Craig Revel Horwood will dazzle in an array of stunning costumes and show Manchester his real mettle as he tries to outwit the fair Snow White and prove to the world that he is the fairest of them all!
Craig is a well-known face on television in the UK and now all over the world, as a judge on all 16 series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. In 2013, Craig wrote and directed a brand-new show, Strictly Confidential that toured the UK starring familiar faces from Strictly Come Dancing. He has directed and choreographed the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour for the last six years, as well as appearing as a judge.

He recently returned to his roots as a performer in musical theatre, starring as Miss Hannigan in the West End production of Annie. Craig also choreographed and directed the recent UK tour of Sister Act starring Alexandra Burke, directed and choreographed the new Dusty Springfield musical Son of a Preacher Man, which toured the UK, and choreographed the feature film Paddington 2. Last Christmas, Craig stars as The Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella at New Victoria Theatre in Surrey.
Craig’s new book In Strictest Confidence has recently been published, and he has recently been seen in cinemas starring in Nativity Rocks.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will once again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer.
Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division, said: “I’m thrilled that we have managed to secure Craig to lead our Opera House pantomime. As the Strictly Come Dancing judge that everyone loves to hate, I’m sure that Manchester audiences, young and old, will enjoy booing and hissing our fab-u-lous Wicked Queen!”
Sheena Wrigley, Theatre Director at the Palace Theatre and Opera House Manchester, said “We’re absolutely delighted that Qdos Entertainment are coming back to us for a third year, bringing their stunning sets, costumes, and impressive special effects to dazzle and entertain the whole family. It’s very exciting to present yet another high-quality production to our audiences and Craig Revel Horwood is the perfect choice for such a villainous role.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Fairest pantomime of them all, plays at the Opera House from 8th – 30th December 2019 with tickets from £12. For more information, or to book, visit