Welcome! This is your first free article. Get more free articles when you sign up with your email.

The Snow Queen

“A charming way to introduce children to the theatre”

You could probably start a support group for parents who have been forced to watch Frozen hundreds of time over the years, so it might be understandable if there are some who are keen to avoid an adaption of the Hans Christian Andersen story from which it takes inspiration. However, Charles Way’s new take on this well-worn tale is one of those shows that adults will be just as glad to sit through as kids.

Backed by a pretty, mirror-covered set, the plot has been pruned down to its bare branches, with Gerda journeying through the seasons on a quest to save her neighbour Cai from the Snow Queen.  The energetic and versatile cast bounce their way through some surreal scenes and lend it the wide-eyed, coming-of-age feel of Spirited Away, but there are enough dumb laughs in there to keep it grounded, too.

All in all, the humour is well-balanced and doesn’t stoop to sneaking in adult jokes or cultural references as a treat for mums and dads. That being said, if the ever-reliable signal of children fidgeting about is anything to go by, the slow start to the second half suggests the highlights could be shared round a bit more evenly.

If you’re in need of an alternative to a certain Disney princess sequel this Christmas, The Snow Queen is a charming way to introduce children to the theatre – or remind grown-ups why they fell in love with it in the first place.

Stray Dogs review at Park Theatre, London – ‘old-fashioned and clunky’

Related to this Review

Park Theatre joins creative apprenticeship schemePark Theatre joins creative apprenticeship scheme

Production Details
Production nameThe Snow Queen
VenuePark Theatre
StartsDecember 4, 2019
EndsJanuary 4, 2020
Running time1hr50mins
AuthorHans Christian Andersen)
AdaptorCharles Way
ComposerChristopher James Ash
DirectorAbigail Anderson
ChoreographerLucie Pankhurst
Set designerGregor Donnelly
Costume designerGregor Donnelly
Lighting designerRichard Williamson
Sound designerJames Nicholson
Puppet designerChristopher Barlow
CastAyesha Casely-Hayford, Esmonde Cole, Frances Marshall, Justin Brett, Paula James, Matt Cavendish
ProducerWinter Snow J Clare Productions
VerdictThis vibrant reinterpretation of a Hans Christian Andersen classic is a treat for both young and old
Add New Comment
You must be logged in to comment.

Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue

Invest in The Stage today with a subscription starting at just £3.98
The Stage
© Copyright The Stage Media Company Limited 2020
Linked In