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Howard Blake

Publisher: Chester Music

The Snowman Stage Show (1993)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Operetta / Musical Theatre
Year Composed
1993
Duration
1 Hours 30 Minutes
Programme Note
Howard Blake The Snowman Stage Show (1993)
Howard Blake composed the words and music of The Snowman in 1982, when an animated film was made of the story, using the drawings by Raymond Briggs that had already made his children's picture-book a prize-winning best seller. The film won many prizes too and the music was released on CBS Records, on cassettes and on video, all of which have been enormously successful.

In 1985 Aled Jones recorded its famous song, "Walking in the Air" which rose to number three in the hit parade and made him a household name.

"The Snowman" has been performed by orchestras worldwide from Japan to Canada and elicited from The Independent the headline "Knee-deep in Snowmen" and the astounding comment that "Snowman has well nigh frozen out Handel's Messiah as the nation's traditional Christmas musical fare"

What is the appeal? Christopher Palmer, writing in March 1990, says "…..since we have seen many excellent products which have come and gone and failed to reach a wider audience, The Snowman must have something special, something which touches a popular nerve. Looking at it, and its successor, Grandpa, it is not too difficult to see what the "something" is. It is the voice of Innocence which has not been silenced or distorted by Experience, but actually made more articulate by it……."

Performances
Date
Title
  • 28 NOV 2012
    Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London

    Other Dates:
    29,30 November; 1,2,4-9,11-16,20-24,26-30 December; 1-6 January 2013 - Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London
  • 16 DEC 2011
    The ICC Birmingham
    Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company

    Other Dates:
    17,17,18,20-24,26-31 December - The ICC Birmingham
  • 08 DEC 2011
    The Tampere Comedy Theatre, Finland

    Other Dates:
    9-11 December - The Tampere Comedy Theatre, Finland
  • 22 NOV 2011
    The Lowry, Salford
    Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company

    Other Dates:
    23,23-26 November - The Lowry, Salford
  • 02 JAN 2011
    The Peacock Theatre, London

    Other Dates:
    30 November; 1-5,7-10,12,13,16-18,21-24,27-31 December; 3-8 January - The Peacock Theatre, London
  • 28 MAR 2009
    Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea

    Other Dates:
    29-31 March; 1-12 April - Arts Centre, Seoul, South Korea
  • 03 DEC 2008
    Peacock Theatre, London

    Other Dates:
    6,7,5,4,8,10,12-16,19-23 December; 3-6,8-11 January 2009; 24,27-31 December; 2 January 2009 - Peacock Theatre, London
  • 11 JAN 2008
    The Lowry, Salford, Manchester

    Other Dates:
    12,13,15-19 January - The Lowry, Salford, Manchester
  • 13 DEC 2007
    Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Other Dates:
    14-16,18-23,26-30 December - Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 08 DEC 2007
    Peacock Theatre, London

    Other Dates:
    9,15-17,20-24,27-31 December; 2,3,5,6 January 2008 - Peacock Theatre, London
  • 18 DEC 2005
    National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
    RTE Symphony Orchestra
    David Brophy, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5 January 2006 - National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
  • 07 DEC 2005
    Peacock Theatre, London
    Sadler's Wells

    Other Dates:
    8-13,16-18,20-24,26-31 December; 3-8 January 2006 - Peacock Theatre, London
  • 08 DEC 2004
    Peacock Theatre, London
    Sadler's Wells

    Other Dates:
    9-14,17-24,26,28-31 December; 1,2,5-9 January 2005 - Peacock Theatre, London
  • 01 JAN 2004
    Peacock Theatre, Sadler's Wells, London
    Robert North, choreographer

    Other Dates:
    2-11 January - Peacock Theatre, Sadler's Wells, London
  • 10 DEC 2003
    Peacock Theatre, Sadler's Wells, London
    Robert North, choreographer

    Other Dates:
    11-16,19-22,26-31 December - Peacock Theatre, Sadler's Wells, London
  • 23 MAR 2002
    Bunkyo Cific Hall, Japan

    Other Dates:
    24,26-31 March - Bunkyo Cific Hall, Japan
  • 02 JAN 2002
    Peacock Theatre, London
    Sadler's Wells

    Other Dates:
    3-13 January - Peacock Theatre, London
  • 11 DEC 2001
    Peacock Theatre, London
    Sadler's Wells

    Other Dates:
    12-30 December - Peacock Theatre, London

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