The Snowman London Tickets
Twinkling with a high degree of festive spirit, the theatrical production of The Snowman, the much-loved children's story by Raymond Briggs, has been staged in the UK's capital city for over two decades. Described by some in the British press as 'by far the most entertaining show' for kids, the adaptation of Briggs' work is designed to capture a sense of wonder and magic in the hearts of children. The Peacock Theatre has been the London home of The Snowman for many years, although the production is put on by the Sadler's Wells Theatre Company. Their version of the story owes a great deal to the famous animated film of the book, which was directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates. Like the movie, the stage production is largely reliant on non-verbal communication to tell the magical tale.
The Snowman London's history
Sadler's Wells was not the first stage production of The Snowman, although it was the earliest to be staged in the capital. From 1997, the company has put on The Snowman around Christmas time as an alternative theatrical experience for kids that is something other than a bawdy pantomime. In fact, The Snowman was first produced by Contact Theatre as a stage show in Manchester, as early as 1986. Adapted and produced by Anthony Clark, the script, lyrics and music of the early production are all largely missing from Sadler's Wells' version, which is closer to the traditions of the film and the book, in many critics' eyes.
With music throughout by Howard Blake, the London version of The Snowman includes the famous melody, “Walking in the Air”, which was a hit song in the 1980s after the film version was first televised. Sadler's Wells' production has design by Ruari Murchison and lighting by Tim Mitchell. The reliance on dance to tell the story is evident throughout and the production's choreography has been expertly put together by Robert North, under the direction of Bill Alexander.
Theatrical special effects have been put to good use over the years that The Snowman has been running, often updated for new audiences. The lead characters – the Snowman and the boy – are seen flying high over the stage, for example, due to the latest harnesses. In addition, showgoers can expect artificial snow to fall over the stage and within the auditorium itself. A number of updates were made to the show in 2000 when additional characters, such as Jack Frost, were added to the production's second act.
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