Review: The Snowman. Nottingham Theatre Royal

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The Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of The Snowman is currently showing at Nottingham Theatre Royal and is a winning combination of heart warming live music, strongly executed dance, movement and comedy. It is a perfect Winter’s evening of sweet family entertainment full of colour, expressing a time of childhood innocence through The Boy and his lovable Snowman come expressively to life.

The Snowman is directed by Bill Alexander, choreographed by Robert North, musically supervised by Howard Blake and based on the book by Raymond Briggs.

The terrific stage design is courtesy of Ruari Murchison, lighting and sound designs by Tim Mitchell and Richard Brooker. The Musical Director is Jeremy Young and the flying effects are conceived and actualised by Flying by Foy Ltd.

The boy is played with seemingly effortless charm by Mikey Hawkins and the titular role of The Snowman is played by James Leece. They are a lovely combination especially during the exciting motorbike and side car section where they ride through the open countryside at speed, narrowly missing the timid woodland creatures beautifully played by the costumed dancers.

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The Snowman is a thoroughly charming piece of dance theatre familiar from the animated film that is part of televisual entertainment every Christmas and yet the stage show has some wonderfully crazy extra ingredients like the dancing fruits that leap out of a giant fridge and much more.

The first half ends with the soaring ballad ‘Walking In The Air’, vocals by Susan Monnox, and the actual flying sequence is utterly breath-taking. In amongst the audience there must have many a boy or girl, young or older (much older in this reviewer’s case) that dreams of flying with The Snowman  across the stage and beyond!

The second half is a fantastical dancing mix of endless characters that the boy and his snowman encounter. Tomoyo Tanimoto Jequier is superb as The Ice Princess and even Father Christmas takes time out of his busy schedule to be in this magical show! But will evil Jack Frost spoil everything and will the boy and his snowman get safely home for Christmas?

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Book now for this limited run at Nottingham Theatre Royal 27th – 31st January.

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