About The Snowman
Take a leap into the glistening winter’s sky and walk in the air with THE SNOWMAN, where enchanting penguins and reindeer dance and magical snowmen come to life.
Based upon the book by Raymond Briggs and the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates, with music and lyrics by Howard Blake, including Walking in the Air performed by a live orchestra, design by Ruari Murchison and lighting by Tim Mitchell. THE SNOWMAN adventures through snow-covered forests to the North Pole, complete with a visit to Father Christmas and a thrilling escape from Jack Frost.
Virtuoso choreography by Robert North and direction by Bill Alexander make THE SNOWMAN a much-loved story of spectacle and magic.
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For the 21st year in a row, “The Snowman” glides back to the West End for the Christmas season full of unbridled cheer and joy. Based on the 1978 children’s book by Raymond Briggs, the live adaptation retains the festive magic of the quaint illustrations, following the tale of a boy and his snowman companion on a grand holiday adventure. The heart-warming story book is translated through Howard Blake’s music and lyrics and is transformed into a joyous stage spectacle.
Now something of a holiday tradition in London right along with eating mince pies and visiting Christmas villages, being swept up in this dazzling ballet is a surefire way to get into the spirit of the season. Join the young James and his snowman friend as they travel all over England, meeting a cast of familiar faces along the way, including Father Christmas himself. As The Times says, “Go see ‘The Snowman’ and melt.”
What To Watch For
- The only words in the entire script for “The Snowman” are in the lyrics to the climactic song “Walking in the Air.” The lack of dialogue in the play is a nod to the original children’s book, which is completely wordless.
- Howard Blake wrote the music and lyrics for the stage version of the classic holiday story and for the 1982 film version as well. He was granted the OBE for services to music in 1994.
- “Walking in the Air,” Blake’s “masterpiece” song composed for “The Snowman,” came to him during a busy time when he was trying to avoid a nervous breakdown. “When I was on the beach, doing my meditation and trying to stand on my head, this tune came into my head, a tune of perfect innocence,” Blake told The Telegraph.
1hr 50mins (including interval)