Slava’s Snowshow at Royal Festival Hall

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Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, one thing’s for sure: you’ll have never seen anything like Slava’s Snowshow before.

And therein lies the problem in trying to blog about it. It’s impossible to do it justice without giving too much away. Still, I’ll give it my best shot. The show is the brainchild of Russian performance artist and clown, Slava Polunin, and has proven to be a box office smash hit in cities around the world, among them New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Rio and Moscow. The fact that this is a full length show almost exclusively mimed is what makes it so accessible to international audiences. Putting it simply, Slava and his co-stars are a bunch of clowns larking around against the backdrop of a wintery set.

I only took my eldest son as the show is not recommended for under-eights. There is nothing overtly frightening or inappropriate, but darkness and the very loud noises might prove somewhat scary for little ones. Even my eight-year-old took a while to get to grips with it, repeatedly asking “what’s happening?” and “what’s it about?” I did my best to explain that it wasn’t really about anything other than clowns being silly in the snow. Once he accepted that, he loved it.

And what’s not to love? Madness and mayhem ensues when Slava and his fleet of floppy-hatted clowns take over the massive auditorium at the Royal Festival Hall. This is a venue accustomed to hosting orchestras and world-famous artistes. Audiences tend to be respectful and restrained. But not during Slava’s Snowshow. In this production, the actors clamber over your seats, spray you with water and throw your coats on top of your heads. A giant web descends over the stalls, trapping the bewitched spectators until well into the intermission. There’s a blizzard, a storm and lots and lots of snow.

Nevertheless it is the finale, which I won’t spoil, that is the best thing about this magnificent spectacle. My son sat beside me, holding on to me, eyes wide with amazement. He and the rest of us were under the spell of Slava’s pure Christmas magic.

Slava’s Snowshow at Royal Festival Hall until 8 January 2012. Book tickets


  1. Sonya says:

    I am sure if you had seen Slava’s Snow show in 2011 or 2012 your experience would have been complete enjoyment, however as a party of four paying £45.00 per person this show seen on December 21st 2013 was felt to be a complete let down. The disappointment had been unmistakenly visible on the face of my seven year old grand daughter. Audience interaction was concentrated to those seated in middle front stalls with the exception of one floppy hat clown venturing to the first row of the middle back stalls, but left the rest of us feeling like we were on the outside looking in through a big glass window unable to get the full experience that is ment to be Slava’s Snow show. This years press reviews need to be updated as it is clearly riding on the back of previous years performances which included Slava as main character, to wich we were uninformed would be replaced by a another performer that I’m sure tried his best to convey the depth of characteristic expressions of Slava himself. Overal the performance was good but greatly lacked the magic expected, this was shown in the very low rate of applause from the audience. Slava’s Snow Show seen at the Royal Festival Hall London. 7.30pm.