London’s Southbank presents Slava’s Snowshow


The Royal Festival Hall is offering an alternative to the traditional pantomime this Christmas.

From December 17th until January 7th 2013, visitors staying in central London hotels will have the chance to see Slava’s Snowshow.

The production has won a number of awards and combines clowning around with the latest special effects. One of Russia’s most famous clowns, Slava Polunin, will be leading the action.

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This year’s Snowshow will end in a blizzard of knee-deep snow and is aimed at adults and children aged over eight years. It has been well-received on a recent global tour visiting New York, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong and Moscow.

Bruce Dessau, writing for the Evening Standard following last year’s performance, explained the show is a great experience.

“Russian comedy icon Slava Polunin’s enduring wordless piece continues to be a magical work of wonder and a reminder that no one is ever too old to enjoy clowns,” he added.

“Last night the show felt like an absolute celebration of being alive, with the finale’s turbo-blast of energy converting the most cynical of curmudgeons.”

Tickets range from £20 to £65 and there are performances every day apart from Christmas Day and New Year Day.

The Royal Festival Hall is in the Southbank Centre, which is a short walk away from Covent Garden, Westminster, Waterloo, Charing Cross and Embankment London Underground and mainline rail stations.

London’s Southbank is holding a number of Christmas-related activities this year from carol singing, traditional German markets and pantomimes.  Visitors could also combine a trip to the area with a London Eye experience or a skating session at the nearby Somerset House ice rink.