David and Ed Mirvish are bringing Slava's Snowshow to the Princess of Wales Theatre for one month, from Jan. 8- Feb. 8. The Russian clown act, featuring Slava Polunin, has been bowling over the critics in London, England.
In the show's most talked-about scene, he tears a letter into pieces, the bits turn into snow flakes, the flakes become a blizzard and gradually the entire auditorium becomes a raging, whirling, blinding storm that engulfs the audience knee-deep in snow.
British reaction has ranged from: "The mind fairly boggles," and "guaranteed to make even the glum thaw into happiness," to "laughter and tears have never been harder to distinguish."
Among Polunin's many visual feats are one in which he boards a train and then becomes the train, with smoke billowing out of his top hat, and another where he gets stuck in a web of unspun cotton and clambers over the seats in the auditorium, taking the web with him, until it envelopes much of the audience.
Slava's Snowshow runs at the Princess of Wales Theatre from Jan. 8 to Feb. 8. For tickets call: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.