The Greatest Snow On Earth
Birmingham Repertory Theatre's The Snowman comes to life every winter. It's played to packed audiences across the UK, in the Far East and in Scandinavia. And now it's currently celebrating a record-breaking 20 years of Christmas shows at London's Peacock Theatre and after Christmas will be touring to Southampton, Milton Keynes and Brighton.
First seen in 1993, The Snowman has been on the go for nearly 25 years and audiences across the generations have grown up with it. Children who were taken to the theatre for a Christmas treat back in the 1990s are now returning with children of their own. “It never fails to enchant a new generation” says Stuart Rogers, The REP's Executive Director. Audiences couldn't, and still can't get enough of it. “There are regularly three generations in the auditorium,” Stuart adds. “It's so visual and the music is so powerful that it appeals on many different levels.”
Keeping a show of this scale on the road is no small undertaking. It requires 17 dancers, 5 musicians and 20 stage crew – not to mention 265 individual props. To make just one of the dozen snowman costumes takes a week and uses 11 miles of white netting. "Over the last two years we've remade all the sets, props and costumes," says Rogers. "They won't look any different to audiences but we know they're all brand new and sparkling."