BWW Review: SLAVA'S SNOW SHOW, King's Theatre, Glasgow
Slava's Snow Snow has had worldwide acclaim and returns to the King's Theatre due to phenomenal demand. Promising a truly unique theatrical adventure, Slava's Snow Show has been an audience favourite since the show began in 1993.
It's billed as a "wonder that is equally enjoyed by adults and families alike", but for the majority of the clowning I don't see how it could be entertaining to anybody over the age of five. There's a vague story about loneliness throughout and the show seems like it just can't decide whether there's a deeper meaning or just frivolous entertainment. It doesn't do either particularly well.
The only positive from the first half was that it was mercifully short. Running at just 40 minutes, the closing of Act 1 contains the first flicker of interest I've had all evening as we finally have some of the promised audience interaction.
The element I had heard most about from people who enthused over the show was the finale. It's easy to see why - it makes for an incredible ten minutes. Unfortunately, you have to sit through an excruciating 90 minutes to get to it.
Stalls seating is recommended to be fully involved in the finale, as 'snow' is blasted through the theatre and giant balls bounce out into the crowd. As exciting as this is, all of the highlights are on YouTube in the show trailer.
There's no doubting that the climax of Slava's Snow Show is a spectacle, but sadly the rest of the production left me cold.
Slava's Snow Show runs at the King's Theatre until 11 November.