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The Snowman celebrates its 21st year at the Peacock Theatre

The Snowman

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FORTY years ago, Raymond Briggs’ beautifully illustrated book The Snowman transported children into the wintery wonderland of a boy and his snowy companion.

Now, in its record-breaking 21st year at The Peacock, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s twinkling production of The Snowman returns for the Christmas season, running from Thursday, November 22, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2019.

The enchanting show tells the story of a young boy’s adventures when his snowman comes miraculously to life on Christmas Eve. Featuring a dazzling array of colourful characters including dancing penguins, a beautiful snow princess, her wicked beau Jack Frost and of course, Father Christmas himself, The Snowman is a Christmas treat for all the family and a perfect introduction to dance for the very young.

Inspired by the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman has become “an essential part of London’s Christmas calendar” (Time Out).

Featuring virtuoso choreography by Robert North, direction by Bill Alexander, design by Ruari Murchison, lighting by Tim Mitchell and unforgettable music and lyrics by Howard Blake – including the timeless Walking in the Air – the performance has been seen by audiences of over half a million at The Peacock.

Katy Arnander, Director of Artistic Programme at Sadler’s Wells, comments: “Sadler’s Wells is extremely proud to have hosted The Snowman in London’s West End for over 20 years. The show never fails to delight audiences and is the perfect introduction to young children to the world of dance and theatre. It is wonderful to see families return year after year.”

Following its appearances at The Peacock, The Snowman will celebrate its 25th consecutive year at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with performances from January 16 to January 26, 2019.

Tickets: £15 – £38. Family Ticket: £120 (four tickets including at least one child under 16). Early Bird £21 offer for selected performances. Book by October 28. Tickets available by calling 020 7863 8222 or visiting

Times: 11am, 2.30pm and 7pm. Times vary on selected dates. See for full schedule.

Read our review from 2007.

Also at the Peacock Theatre: the return of Taj Express (October 2 to October 20) and Dein Perry’s multi award-winning Tap Dogs (October 23 to November 10, 2018).