The Snowman

A delightful mix of soaring music, beautiful dancing and breathtaking special effects, The Snowman is back this holiday season. Peter Gray reports.

Christmas theatre in London with The Snowman

If you’re looking for heartwarming theatre in London this Christmas, then this is the production for you. This festive version of The Snowman brings Raymond Briggs’ book delightfully to life, with the audience transported to a wintery world of wonder and magic.

The show tells the story of James, a young boy who builds a snowman, only to find that it has come alive at the stroke of midnight. James and the snowman go on a series of adventures which end with the pair meeting Father Christmas in Greenland.

In keeping with the book and film, the musical has no words, save for the lyrics to the song “Walking in the Air”. The rest of the story is told through visually.

This musical version of the famous story was first produced by the Contact Theatre in Manchester in 1986. The production was adapted and produced by Anthony Clark with music and lyrics by Howard Blake. It has since gone on to become a festive favourite with Sadler’s Wells the latest in a long line of Theatres to stage a version of the show.

The story is probably best known for the animated version of the tale, produced five years after the book, and which immediately became a seasonal favourite. The film introduced several new elements into the story including a motorcycle ride, a visit to Father Christmas and the song, Walking in the Air.

The song, performed by Peter Auty in the film but later rerecorded by teenage choir boy Aled Jones for a Toys R Us advert, became an immediate hit.

Ironically Briggs later announced that he was unhappy with the film, labelling it “corny” and “twee” and complaining that the original version of the tale was a meditation of death with the snowman’s passing used to introduce children to the concept.

Nonetheless, this musical version of the show is a delight which further emphasises the festive elements of the adapted story. The Snowman is full of haunting music and delightful performances and it is sure to delight both children and their parents. Don’t miss it.

The Snowman will be at The Peacock Theatre from Saturday the 20th of November 2021 until Sunday the 2nd of January 2022. For more information about The Snowman, please click here.

For more information on Christmas theatre in London, please click here.

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What: christmas theatre
When: 20 Nov 21 - 2 Jan 22
Where: Peacock Theatre
Website: Sadler's Wells