Celebrating 20 spellbinding years on the stage the live version of Raymond Briggs’ iconic and much-loved children’s classic, The Snowman, flies into the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Tuesday 28 January to Saturday 1 February 2014 to enchant audiences of all ages.
The stage show based upon the book by Raymond Briggs and the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates. Music and lyrics by Howard Blake.
Sparkling with charm and wit, The Snowman tells the magical story of a young boy’s adventures when his snowman comes miraculously to life on Christmas Eve. A glittering host of international snowmen and snow women are joined onstage by an array of colourful characters including dancing penguins, magical reindeer, a beautiful snow princess and her abominable beau Jack Frost and of course, Father Christmas himself. With its joyful combination of classic storytelling, music and dance, The Snowman is an enchanting treat for all the family.
Stuart Rogers, Producer of The Snowman and executive director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre says of the show:
“The Snowman has been delighting audiences young and old for an amazing 20 years. There are very few shows that enjoy such a remarkably long life and its continuing success and appeal to new generations of audiences is a tribute to the genius of the artistic team that created the show. We look forward to many more years of Walking in the Air with audiences old and new.”
The Snowman first appeared as a beautifully illustrated picture book by Raymond Briggs in 1978. It subsequently inspired the classic Oscar nominated, BAFTA award-winning animated film featuring Howard Blake’s wonderful score, first transmitted by Channel 4 on Christmas Eve thirty years ago. The film’s signature song Walking in the Air reached number 3 in the UK charts when sung by choirboy Aled Jones in 1985, and the song was voted number 2 in a poll conducted by Classic FM to find out children’s favourite pieces of classical music, beating Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy amongst others.
Since its premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1993 the live stage show of The Snowman has been seen by over 1 million people world wide and has thrilled audiences at the Peacock Theatre, London for a record-breaking 15 years. The show has been seen in Korea, Japan, Holland and Finland and in 2010 a performance of the stage show was filmed in the auditorium of Birmingham Repertory Theatre – the show’s birthplace – with a live audience, 14 cameras and a superb narration by Joanna Lumley. It is now on major DVD release in the UK.
More about the show can be found at www.snowmanshow.com .
The Snowman is directed by Bill Alexander and choreographed by Robert North with set and costume designs by Ruari Murchison and lighting by Tim Mitchell.