The Snowman

Previewed 8 December 1998, Opened 9 December 1998, Closed 30 January 1999 at the Peacock Theatre
Returned annually each Christmas holiday at the Peacock Theatre, most recently:

Opened 21 November 2019, Closed 5 January 2020 at the Peacock Theatre

The stage dance version of Raymond Briggs' well-loved book The Snowman continues to delight children everywhere as it returns to the London's Peacock Theatre once again this Christmas 2019!

When a boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two friends set off and a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels, they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of the Snowman's friends. Watch spell-bound as the Snowman soars through the night sky, escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.

The music and lyrics are by Howard Blake and feature the haunting 'Walking in the Air'. The Snowman is directed by award-winning director Bill Alexander and choreographed by Robert North. Originally seen at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, this production of The Snowman was first seen in London in December 1998, and subsequently annually each Christmas here at the Peacock Theatre.

The Snowman in London provides a captivating mix of dance and stagecraft, and is the perfect introduction to dance for the very young.

First seen in London at the Peacock Theatre in Christmas 1998 - previewed from 8 December 1998, opened on 9 December 1998, and closed on 30 January 1999 - and subsequently annually each Christmas at the Peacock Theatre.

"Fantasy, as the escapist charm of Bill Alexander's production of The Snowman reminds us, is the best and safest form of travel: you reach places you only dreamed of seeing and meet people you never imagined you would encounter. Judging by last night's reception this Snowman may well become a Christmas hot number for the under-eights, even if his stay last night was too protracted, particularly for some young minds and for my far older body. This stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs's novel has come through several filters but keeps its original, airy flights of imagination in its new dance version. Briggs's novel formed the basis of the 1982 animated film with Howard Blake's music and lyrics. And the scenario for this production has been prepared by Blake, Alexander and Robert North, who also dynamically choreographs." The London Evening Standard

"Don't mention the word ballet, because it might put off kids who consider that to be sissy, but there is no dialogue in this enchanting story of a boy's adventures with a snowman who comes to life-just beautiful dancing, some inspired flying and Howard Blake's hit song Walking In The Air... Dancing penguins, reindeer and bananas, plus a cowboy, a Chinese person and even a motor-cycling snowman ensure that Bill Alexander's production, with choreography by Richard North, captivates the entire audience, adults and kids alike." The News of the World

"You will not find anything much better at Christmas. That was the opinion of a colleague when Bill Alexander's staging of Raymond Briggs's picture-story was presented at Birmingham Rep last year and, if she did not altogether speak for me, she certainly spoke for those with a taste for humorous whimsy and for ballet ably performed by cheerful fatties in white fur... Only when carol singers gather onstage with an, improbable array of wind instruments, or when airborne principals are giving voice to a ditty about the moonlit sky, do we hear the human voice. But Howard Blake's music never stops twinkling happily away, and the mime and dance are not exactly unfathomable." The Times

"You couldn't praise this stage version of Raymond Briggs' The Snow man for its script: it doesn't have one. And this is one of its charms. The show, directed by Bill Alexander, uses music, movement and dance to tell the story of the little boy's adventures with his snowman. In a world where most children's entertainment is loud, raucous, even hysterical, this gentle tale and style come as a welcome relief. And, because it is wordless, it relies partly on the imagination of the children to meet it half-way, which they do. It is simple, rather old-fashioned, and utterly charming... My expert reviewers (aged three and five) were entranced throughout." The Financial Times

The Snowman in London at the Peacock Theatre opened on 22 November 2018, and closed on 6 January 2019