Celebrating over 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 to enchant audiences of all ages from Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 January 2016. 

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.

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 18 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.

Read a previous review here

Listings Information


Theatre Royal Nottingham

Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 January 2016

Performance Times: Weds & Fri 7pm, Thurs matinee 1.30pm, Sat & Sun 11am & 3.30pm (Tickets £32.50 – £14)

Relaxed Performance: Thurs 7pm (all tickets £12)


Box Office: 0115 989 5555