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The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre

June 11, 2014 

The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book returns to the Peacock Theatre in the West End this Christmas.

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.

Featuring Howard Blake’s beautiful Walking In the Air, performed by a live orchestra, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

The stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and the subsequent film has become a modern classic. Ruari Murchison’s enchanting design combined with Tim Mitchell’s spectacular lighting has been delighting children for over a decade. With its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic, The Snowman is back for a record-breaking 14th year.

Christmas 2013 at Sadler’s Wells

July 7, 2013 

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre Production                                                                      
The SnowmanTM
PEACOCK THEATRE
Wednesday 27 November 2013 – Sunday 5 January 2014
Tickets: £12 – £32
Family Ticket: £95 (4 tickets inc at least one child)

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.

The stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ classic book and the subsequent film has become a much-loved festive tradition at the Peacock Theatre, and returns for a record-breaking 16th year. Featuring Howard Blake’s famous score, including the Christmas classic Walking In the Air, performed by a live band, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family with its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic.

“Sheer theatrical magic. Go see The Snowman and melt” The Times

Audio-Described Performance: Saturday 14 December at 2.30pm
Suitable for all ages

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New Adventures
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
Wednesday 4 December 2013 – Sunday 26 January 2014
Tickets: £12 – £60
Family Ticket: £150 (4 tickets inc at least one child) – exclusions apply

Now firmly established as a modern day classic, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns to Sadler’s Wells18 years after its premiere. This iconic production is perhaps best known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble. A Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Matthew Bourne blends dance, humour and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times

Collecting over 30 international theatre awards including three Tonys, Swan Lake has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage. It has become the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway and enjoyed four hugely successful tours in the UK and played to audiences all over the world.

“The perfect treat for Christmas – or any time of year” Daily Telegraph

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Travelling Light & Bristol Old Vic
BOING!
Friday 20 December 2013 – Sunday 5 January 2014
Tickets: £5 – £12

In collaboration with Champloo Dance Company, Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic have created an energetic and enchanting piece of children’s dance theatre combining comedy, acrobatics and breakdance. Set on Christmas Eve, BOING! captures the delirious excitement of waiting for Santa to arrive on the most magical night of the year. BOING! is directed by children’s theatre specialist Sally Cookson and choreographed and performed by Champloo founders Wilkie Branson and Joêl Daniel.

“Utterly dazzling” The Guardian

Age Guidance: 3+
BSL-interpreted performance: Monday 23 December at 11.30am

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December 4, 2011 

The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book returns to the Peacock Theatre in the West End this Christmas.

Photos: The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre

December 4, 2011 

Production photos of The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre in London.

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book returns to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas, until 8 January 2012.

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.

Featuring Howard Blake’s beautiful Walking In the Air, performed by a live orchestra, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

The stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and the subsequent film has become a modern classic. Ruari Murchison’s enchanting design combined with Tim Mitchell’s spectacular lighting has been delighting children for over a decade. With its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic, The Snowman is back for a record-breaking 14th year.

Photos by Roy Tan

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Christmas shows in the West End

December 4, 2010 

London’s West End is always a fun place to be at Christmas – whether it’s for the Christmas lights along Regent’s Street and Oxford Street, ice-skating at Somerset House, shopping in a very festive Covent Garden or seeing Santa at Selfridges.

The Snowman returns to the Peacock Theatre

The Snowman returns to the Peacock Theatre

And this year’s London theatre scene is more festive than ever before, with a range of seasonal shows for children, families and adults. Here’s our selection of some of the West End’s Christmas theatre highlights.

Children-friendly family favourites this Christmas include a revival of the critically acclaimed production of Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol at the Trafalgar Studios (from 21 Dec to 8 Jan). It’s also your last Christmas to enjoy the wildly successful production of The Railway Children in the ingenious setting of Waterloo Station, featuring a real steam train. E. Nesbit’s classic children’s story has thrilled audiences from the moment it opened in London, and must close on 2 January.

Making a welcome return to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas is The Snowman, the magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book. Suitable for children aged two and upwards, this is a captivating mix of dance, stagecraft and music – including Howard Blake’s beautiful “Walking in the air”, and featuring a live orchestra.

There’s also Panto fun this year in the West End as CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff take a madcap ride through the best-loved panto stories in Potted Panto at the Vaudeville Theatre (10 Dec to 9 Jan). This funny new family show, that went down a storm in Edinburgh in the Summer, speeds through an incredible seven classic pantomimes.

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

For a bit of Glee-inspired fun then The Go! Go! Go! Show at the Leicester Square Theatre (until 30 Dec) promises lots of laughs and audience interaction for kids of all ages, in a story that sees five new pop stars battling it out, singing a series of brand new pop songs. Plus the intriguing sounding, sock-stealing ‘Fluffalope’ makes a guest appearance.

Much-loved cartoon characters are also making guest appearances in Theatreland this Christmas, notably The Gruffalo, who follows his monster-hit show last year with a run at the Garrick Theatre, featuring more songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up (until 16 Jan). Also the chance to meet Santa Claus in a West End theatre comes in the shape of magical family show The Night Before Christmas at the Ambassadors Theatre, as his story comes to life in a new musical featuring songs, poems and story-telling (7 – 24 Dec).

If you fancy a great big Christmas sing-along this year then they don’t come much bigger than the Christmas Spectacular at the O2, which sees Myleene Klass present a rousing night of carols, traditional tunes and some cracking Christmas number ones on 23 December at the O2 Arena.

La Soiree at the Southbank Big Top

La Soiree at the Southbank Big Top

A wealth of dance productions promise to get you and your family into the festive spirit this year, including a brand new production of Matthew Bourne’s dazzling ballet Cinderella at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, set in London during the Second World War and played against Prokofiev’s haunting score (until 23 Jan). Also English National Ballet present a sumptuous new production of The Nutcracker at the Coliseum, created by Artistic Director Wayne Eagling to celebrate the Company’s 60th birthday (12 – 30 Dec).

Adult shows include a Christmas season for comedian Bill Bailey at the Wyndham’s Theatre, in his acclaimed show Dandelion Mind (until 8 Jan). Plus the stars of La Clique return to London with some new friends for La Soiree at the fabulously opulent new Southbank Big Top. Sexy and funny, this new show is full of awe-inspiring, spine-tingling, jaw-dropping and death-defying acts of circus and magic (until 30 Jan).

MORE INFORMATION

Listing of Christmas shows in the West End

Musicals this Christmas

Drama and comedy this Christmas

AND DON’T FORGET

The Snowman – Christmas in the West End

November 20, 2010 

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre - Christmas in the West End

VIDEO: The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre

November 2, 2010 

The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book continues to delight children as it returns to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas.

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Sadler’s Wells record year; Nude dance

October 27, 2010 

Sadler’s Wells, the dance venue in North London, has posted record audiences figures for its 2009 to 2010 financial year.

The craze for dance in the UK, fuelled by shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, has boosted audiences at Sadler’s Wells, with dance now ranking second to football as the nation’s favourite activity.

Over 600,000 people visited Sadler’s Wells last year, seeing 136 productions at the popular dance venue, and bringing in £19.8 million of revenue. In line with Arts Council cuts, it was also announced that Sadler’s Wells’ annual subsidy for the next financial year will be cut by 6.9%.

The chairman of Sadler’s Wells, David Bell, said: “We have no illusions about the challenges ahead as the government makes cuts in every area including, of course, the arts. But our finances are strong, our support is excellent and our team superb, which gives us huge confidence for the future.”

Un Peu deTendresse Bordel de Merde

Un Peu deTendresse Bordel de Merde

Sadler’s Wells also revealed their forthcoming programme for 2010/2011, featuring a wide and eclectic mix of productions including:

  • Controversial choreographer Dave St Pierre’s 2007 show, Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde, which features 20 nude male and female dancers. The show will debut in June and is described as “leading the audience on a journey through their emotions as the performers leap with primal urgency, or lie crumpled and defeated on the ground, before climaxing in a moving finale”. Dave St Pierre, who is a self-styled “enfant terrible” of the dance world, will be bringing his work to the UK for the first time, and guarantees the Wells plenty of press coverage. Some of St Pierre’s previous work includes La Pornographie des âmes, which included scenes of masturbation.
  • In March Bartabas, the famous French horse trainer, impresario and film producer, will make his British debut by bringing his new show The Centaur and The Animal to Sadler’s Wells, featuring dancers on live horses. The show will be co-choreographed by Japanese butoh master Ko Murobushi.
  • Ivan Putrov

    Ivan Putrov

  • Also in March The Pet Shop Boys will team up with Venezuelan dancer and choreographer Javier de Frutos for a new dance piece based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Most Incredible Thing. The show will star former Royal Ballet principal and dance poster boy Ivan Putrov along with a cast of 15. Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys said, “we wanted to do something unfashionable, like a Tchaikovsky ballet, but with pop music”. Ivan Putrov also commented that “I am so excited that my friendship with Neil and Chris has led to the development of The Most Incredible Thing. I am happy to be working with this great team and very much looking forward to the new creation.”
  • Other highlights include Anne Teresa De Keersmaker and her Rosas company; transvestite ballet with les ballet C de la B; Rosalba Torres Guerrero; Dutch National Ballet; Sol Pico and American Ballet Theatre; Balletboyz; and the return of Stephen Mear’s Shoes and breakdance festival Breakin’ Convention.

Coming up at Sadler’s Wells this Christmas is the return of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, whilst at Sadler’s Wells’ West End venue – the Peacock Theatre – seasonal favourite The Snowman comes back to London.

LINKS

Tickets to Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

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The Snowman

September 10, 2010 

The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book continues to delight children as it returns to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas.

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