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Illustration by Betsy Lehr.

The Snow Queen (Way)

Hans Christian Andersen, author
Charles Way, playwright


65 pgs. 3 female, 5 male
Originally produced at Sherman Cymru, UK, in 2009
Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 6+

The Snow Queen rules her magical kingdom with a heart of ice and a grip as cold as steel. When shards of an enchanted mirror fly into Cei’s eye he falls under its spell. He becomes cold-hearted and the Snow Queen steals him away to her far-away land.

With Cei as her helper, The Snow Queen has a chilling plan: to freeze the hearts of all living things and rule supreme over a world of snow and ice. Only little Gerda, Cei’s childhood friend, believes he can still be rescued and sets out on a life-changing journey to save Cei and defeat the Snow Queen.

“What distinguishes this show from much Christmas fare is that is never patronizes its young audience, or takes the obvious route when a more imaginative one is available. Way’s writing has a lightness about it that works delightfully. This is a magical story, very well told.” –The Guardian, UK

“Funny, sometimes frightening and hugely entertaining. The Snow Queen is wonderful family entertainment for the festive season.” -South Wales Argus

“A wonder-world of magic and invention that carries you off whatever your age.” –British Theatre Guide

“Charles Way’s adaption strikes just the right balance between frightening and fun. The perfect winter show for children.” -The Western Mail

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote

Photo credit: Anna Mountford. Photo by Toby Farrow.

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