I don’t know one person that doesn’t know and love the story of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.
It has been a Christmas favourite since I was a child and I have passed the love of it down to all my own children.
When I was asked along to the Peacock Theatre to see this classic on stage I had high hopes for what I was going to see, but also hoped it wouldn’t ruin the magic of the tale by swaying to far from the original storyline.
We walked into the theatre and sat down in front of the stage that was covered with a projection of continually falling snow that caught the eyes of the children immediately.
The orchestra then kicked in, the curtains raised and so the story began.
The first half was the ever familiar story of the little boy who excitedly catches sight of the snow falling and hop, skips and jumps into the garden to create his very own snowman that magically comes to life in the dark of night.
The snowman is welcomed inside by the boy and the pair get up to lots of mischief from dressing the snowman up in his parents clothes to riding a motorbike round the garage whilst trying not to wake his sleeping parents.
All of this is performed beautifully and had my youngest two transfixed on the stage.
The first half finished with the Snowman taking his friend by the hand and flying him into the sky to the classic sound of ‘Walking In The Air’ which had the audience enthralled and excited for what was to come next.
The second half was padded out a little with the journey to the party at the North Pole incepted with a battle between the Snowman and the evil Jack Frost who is trying to capture the beautiful Ice Princess.
The upbeat second half is full of excitement and lots of humour added by the chucklesome Father Christmas and his super cute reindeers.
This two hour long ballet kept my attention lacking youngest two mesmerised and the look of wonder in their eyes completely melted my heart.
This quintessentially British story has been bought to life in a truly magical way and is the absolute epitome of Christmas.
*we were given tickets for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinion.