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Slava's Snow Show returns to the Royal Festival Hall following UK tour

Yellow clown in storm (V.Mishukov)

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a UK tour, Slava’s Snow Show returns to the Royal Festival Hall for the fifth year – from December 18, 2017 to January 4, 2018.

A combination of theatrical clowning and stunning visual spectacle, Slava’s Snow Show is performed by a world-renowned company of clowns led by Slava Polunin, Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Circus.

Influenced by artists such as Chaplin, Marcel Marceau and Engibarov, Slava and his company have taken clowning out of the world of circus, and brought it to theatre lovers, fellow practitioners and families worldwide

Slava’s Snow Show is the internationally acclaimed winner of the Time Out, Olivier and Drama Desk awards for most unique theatrical experience. Now in its 25th year, it had its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, and has since toured all over the country, delighting audiences of all ages and winning an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment during its run at the Old Vic in 1998.

The show’s popularity overseas has seen it performed in 80 cities around the globe including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow.

Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24 (6.30pm at Waterstones in Piccadilly), will see the UK launch of Slava Polunin’s new book Alchemy of Snowness. The publication explores Slava’s role as an artist, a creator, a performer, and of his Snowshow, the theatre spectacle that has entertained, enchanted and touched audiences worldwide.

The book traces Slava’s artistic journey and exhilarating exploration in his creation of “a show that would bring us back to our childhood dreams; a show which would help spectators be released from the jail of adulthood and rediscover their forgotten childhood”. With 27 stunning illustrations throughout by artist Quint Buchholz punctuating Slava’s poetic storytelling, this book is a must-read for anyone intrigued by the creative process and for those longing for a little magic in their lives.

Image: Yellow clown in storm (V.Mishukov).

Tickets: £20 to £105 – available from the box office on 0844 875 0073 or online at

Age Guidance: Recommended for children 8 years and over and strictly no children under 3 will be permitted.

NB: Slava’s Snow Show is performed by an ensemble company. It is rarely known in advance which clowns will perform at which performance.

The tour opens at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on Tuesday, November 17, 2017, before continuing to Salford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Norwich, Bristol and Southampton.