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Preview: Slava’s SnowShow at Sunderland Empire

 Slava’s Snowshow arrives in Sunderland this Christmas

Slava’s SnowShow

Sunderland Empire 

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 December 2024


Slava’s SnowShow, the multi award-winning global phenomenon that recently celebrated 30 years enchanting people of all ages worldwide, returns to the UK this year after a seven-year hiatus. The show will visit Sunderland Empire from 3 – 7 December 2024. Tickets will be on sale from 10am on Thursday 11 July.


***** "THEATRICAL BRILLIANCE" - Sunday Times

Slava Snowshow 2 greenz in giant spider web by Aya Rufin

Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of Slava’s SnowShow, a spellbinding spectacle where laughter and wonder collide. It’s a celebration that knows no bounds, uniting people of all walks of life in a shared moment of joyous folly.

Slava’s SnowShow is a cavalcade of chaos and charm that invites you to leave the everyday behind and indulge in pure, tender delight.

Join us for an unforgettable experience that promises to sprinkle a little magic into your life and remind you of the joy in being wonderfully silly.

Slava Snowshow 3 clowns in bubbles by Aya Rufin

After conquering the world’s leading cities many times over, Slava’s SnowShow, a visual and musical extravaganza, offers a dream-like vision that overflows with theatrical magic and humorous antics. The production is set within an absurd and surrealistic world of ‘fools on the loose’, a work of art in which each scene paints a picture: an unlikely shark swimming in a misty sea; clowns and the audience tangled up in a gigantic spider’s web; heart-breaking goodbyes with a coat rack on a railway platform; audience members hypnotized by giant balloons; and an out-of-this-world snowstorm that’s sure to leave audiences spellbound.

Slava Snowshow Colour balloons in the audience by Veronique Vial

Slava’s SnowShow is the recipient of more than 20 international awards, including an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, a Drama Desk Award, and a Tony Award nomination. In addition to unanimous public acclaim, the production is a darling with critics who have declared it “a thing of rare theatrical beauty not to be missed” (Daily Telegraph) and confessed, “my heart leapt… [SnowShow] induces waves of giggles and sighs of pleasure.” (New York Times).

Slava Snowshow In the Snow Storm by Andrea Lopez 

Born in a small town in central Russia, Slava Polunin discovered the art of pantomime in high school. As he grew to adulthood in Leningrad, he developed an eccentric version of the form, which he lovingly dubbed ‘Expressive Idiotism.’ From 1979 on, Slava quickly became a fixture on Russian stages and TV, sharing his gifts and continuing to redefine the art of clowning with his poetic and poignant approach to comic performance. This discovery would reach its zenith with Slava’s SnowShow, which burst onto world stages at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival to universal praise and wonder.

Slava Snowshow Greens on the ship by Veronique Vial

Since its debut, the work has travelled all over the world, with more than 12,000 performances in over 225 cities and 40 counties.



Slava’s SnowShow will bring the art of clowning to Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 December 2024. ATG+ Pre-sale tickets available online now. General on sale at 10am on Thursday 11 July at *

*A £3.95 transaction fee applies to online bookings.


Recommended for children 8 years and over

For safety reasons, we would also like patrons with younger children to be advised to sit in the circle, due to the large inflatables that come off the stage and into the stalls.

The SNOWSHOW company is made up of a number of performers; it is rarely known in advance which clowns will perform at which performance.


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