Review | The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre

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Set-Up shots showing The Snowman @ Birmingham Rep Theatre. (Taken 12-01-17) ©Tristram Kenton 01/17 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

This Christmas, join the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in their magical rendition of Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman.

Christmas would not be the same without this enchanting festive classic, and this particular adaptation makes its way to theatre for its 21st season! Closely following the TV adaptation, our childhood favourites are bought to life in this moving tale about a boy and his beloved (living) snowman exploring the mysteries of the world together with a rather childlike curiosity. A witnessing of the magical communication between a boy and his snowman on their journey to the North Pole.

The show evokes a much-needed warming Christmas atmosphere, with the magic of the woodland creatures and the quintessential winter scene. The biggest charm of the production came with the re-enacting of the classic Walking in the Air scene, tugging on all our hearts as the two are ascended into the sky. The movements were graceful, joyful and full of merry for a perfect holiday classic loved by all. With a few canivalesque additions by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the adaptation is steered towards the younger generations for a night of feel-good family fun.

Though it could do with condensing at times, the production nevertheless manages to omit the soft warmth of our beloved Christmas tale. It carries the message of love, life, and friendship – key themes for us to reflect on during the holiday season. As we all know, the tale has a rather bitter end reminding us that all wonderful things eventually come to an end, and we are left with a memory. Yet, the play suitably steers away from the odd melancholy of the tale in order to enhance the tales magical qualities for its younger audience.

Overall, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre provides us with a necessary dose of Christmas spirit.

* Wishing you a magical Christmas and a joyous New Year, from all of us at The London Magazine.*

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Words by Briony Willis.

Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The Peacock Theatre, Thursday 22nd November 2018 – Sunday 6th January 2019