The Snowman returns to Birmingham for 25th birthday

Published: 12 January 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Birmingham REP will be walking in the air when its live show of Raymond Briggs’s book The Snowman returns to the Midlands as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.

The production tells the story of a young boy’s adventures when his snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve. Featuring an array of colourful characters including dancing penguins, a snow princess, wicked Jack Frost and Father Christmas, The Snowman is “a treat for all the family and a perfect introduction to theatre and dance for the very young”.

Created in 1993, the Birmingham REP adaptation has undergone many revisions. Since then, it has toured the UK, Far East and Scandinavia. It has also been running for the past 21 years at the Peacock Theatre in London’s West End.

The REP’s executive director Stuart Rogers said, “we’re looking forward to sharing the show’s magic with existing fans and a whole new generation of children as well.”

The Snowman features choreography by Robert North, direction by Bill Alexander, design by Ruari Murchison, lighting by Tim Mitchell and music and lyrics by Howard Blake, including the timeless “Walking in the Air”. It runs at the REP from Wednesday 16 until Saturday 26 January.