Quotes and reviews from around the world.
“Slava’s Snowshow is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to the circus…”
“My heart leapt… Induces waves of giggles and sighs of pleasure.”
The New York Times
“A finale that blows you away”.
Mail on Sunday
“One of the most theatrical moments I have ever experienced.”
“Utterly breathtaking, the stage effects are dazzling…Suddenly the audience is young, innocent, and transported with delight.”
“The single most beautiful thing I have ever seen in a theatre in my life”.
Simon Callow, Sunday Express
“An unmistakably unique, unmissable comedy masterpiece…It is simply and childishly thrilling, it fills you with innocent amazement and it is lyrically beautiful”.
“The unmissable and already classic ‘Snowshow’ is a thing of rare theatrical beauty”.
“Spreads a blanket of benevolent charm over the audience, holding them spellbound…”
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
“Dazzling! Guaranteed to make even the glum thaw into happiness.”
“The Russian maestro has been hailed as the saviour of clowning…taking the audience’s breath away”.
The Evening Standard
“His genius lies in the balance he strikes between spectacular theatrical effects and the tiniest nuances of facial expression”. Theatrical Brilliance!”
The Sunday Times
“This is pure magic…truly an evening of enchantment and fun”.
“The mind boggles. SNOWSHOW achieved something I’ve rarely seen: a spontaneous eruption of playful energy which lifted the entire audience in a bubble of pure delight. Magic!
Slava’s Snowshow touches the heart as well as the funny bone. Full of laughter and joy it is a thing of rare theatrical beauty not to be missed”. “Magic”
London Daily Telegraph
“An unmissable theatrical feast; this ensemble of extraordinary clowns combine comedy and poignancy with stunning spectacle and breathtaking images”.
“Simply thrilling! It fills you with innocent amazement. It restores childish wonder in adults. After the show ends, nobody wants to leave the theatre. Laughter and tears have never been harder to distinguish.”
“Overwhelming, invigorating, terrifying, delightful. It brings us back to the lost Eden of our childhood.”
“Slava’s Snowshow is thoughtful, accessible comedy. Highly recommended”.
Melbourne The Sunday Age
“Slava Polunin may well be the world’s greatest clown. He may even be the world’s greatest magician”
“Spectacular and rather unnervingly beautiful”
“It was hard to find a single adult or child who seemed less than ecstatic”
The Associated Press
“Slava’s Snowshow” is meant to make you smile, and it does so with impressive efficiency….I loved every minute of it.
The Wall Street Journal
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Since its creation by renowned Russian clown Slava Polunin in 1993, Slava’s Snowshow has played to millions of people in more than 30 countries and 120 cities including New York, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow. The show comes to Australia in 2013 following a second sell-out winter season in London and is already confirmed to return to London for its third year this Christmas.
An unmistakably unique, unmissable comedy masterpiece… It is simply and childishly thrilling, it fills you with innocent amazement and it is lyrically beautiful.” – The Independent, UK
The show has garnered worldwide popular and critical acclaim, as well as a growing number of awards – in the USA Slava’s Snowshow earned a Tony nomination for Special Theatrical Event in 2009 and won the Drama Desk Award in 2005 for Unique Theatrical Experience; in the UK, the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment (1998) and the Time Out Award (1994); and in Australia, the Helpmann Award for Best Visual or Physical Theatre (2000); as well as a host of other awards in Russia, France, Mexico, Denmark, Spain and the UK. Slava’s Snowshow has been lauded as “a theatre classic of the 20th century” by The Times in London, and Slava Polunin praised as “the best clown in the world”.
“Slava’s Snowshow is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to circus. Slava’s Snowshow is as theatrical as it is simple, as involving as it is inspiring.” – Variety, USASlava Polunin created his Snowshow following his sensational performance as part of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria, drawing on the influence of artists such as Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau and Leonid Engibarov. He and his company of clowns have taken clowning out of the world of circus, and brought it into the theater. Slava’s Snowshow is a fusion of traditional and contemporary theatrical clowning arts, and a beautifully crafted visual spectacle.
The show brilliantly creates a world of wonderment and fantasy that transports the audience to a joyous dream-like place, where a bed becomes a boat in a storm-tossed sea; a woman is wrapped in cellophane and becomes flowers in a vase; a child walks in amazement inside a bubble; Slava boards a train and then becomes the train, his chimney-pot hat billowing smoke; and a web of unspun cotton envelopes the audience. The stunning finale sees a letter turn into snowflakes, and the flakes turn into a snowstorm, which whirls around the auditorium, leaving the audience ankle-deep in snow.
Slava’s Snowshow is a visual masterpiece loved by children and adults alike.