Dame Arlene Philips, Gemma Collins and Gok Wan are among the famous faces who celebrated the 25th anniversary of the stage adaptation of The Snowman.
The children’s story he loved was created in 1978 by Raymond Briggs, who passed away in August at the age of 88.
The story of a boy and a snowman coming to life became a festive theme after it was made into an animated version for Channel 4 in 1982 and has been shown on TV every Christmas since. .
It was first adapted into a stage show by Contact Theater, Manchester in 1986, and since 1997, Sadler’s Wells has shown it annually as a Christmas show at the Peacock Theater in West End.
The stage adaptation features music by Howard Blake, including the Christmas hit Walking In The Air by singer Aled Jones.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the theatrical performance, a charity gala took place at the theater in London on Saturday.
Celebrities in attendance included actress Dani Harmer, Gavin And Stacey star Alison Steadman, comedian Josh Widdicombe and Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker.
They are attended by many young people and carers who have been or are being supported by the charity Action for Children around the country.
Dame Arlene said: ‘It’s safe to say we all got goosebumps leaving the Peacock Theater after seeing The Snowman.
“I feel extra special sharing the experience with my grandchildren and so many wonderful young people and caregivers – seeing the show is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
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“As exciting as the holiday season can be, it is also a very difficult time for some families – even harder now.
“The Children’s Secret Santa Action Campaign helps put the magic back into children’s Christmas and every penny can make a big difference.”
Melanie Armstrong, executive director of Action For Children, added: “We are incredibly grateful to the amazing team at Sadler’s Wells for inviting children, young people and their families to see the special performance. this.
“The Snowman is a classic and loved by many generations – the perfect day out for the whole family.”
Tickets to see the Snowman on stage are on sale from now until December 31, 2022.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/arlene-philips-among-stars-celebrating-25th-year-of-the-snowman-stage-show-42158122.html Arlene Philips among stars celebrating 25th anniversary of stage show The Snowman