The Snow Queen Frozen in time
An image of an ice queen with a crown

The Snow Queen

Redgrave Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 29 Nov 2019 - Thu 12 Dec 2019
  • Location Redgrave Theatre
  • Evenings

    29 Nov, 6 Dec, 7 Dec 19:00

    30 Nov, 17:00

    8 Dec, 18:00

  • Matinees

    3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 Dec 10:00

    3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 Dec 14:00


  • Ticket price

    £17.50 full | £12.50 concession

    School groups £8

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Frozen in time... but help is on the way

Written by Theresa Heskins
Directed by Paul Clarkson
Designed by Bronia Housman

In a thrilling adaptation by Theresa Heskins of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, young Gerda guides us on her quest to save her best friend Kai from the clutches of the wicked Snow Queen.

In a small Danish village where children are encouraged to ‘forget fancy and fix on facts’ Gerda is convinced that her playmate is not lost forever and embarks on a bold mission through the seasons to rescue him, meeting on her way, a chatty crow, a clever Princess and a motley band of robbers and their talkative menagerie of pets. As she journeys across icy plains and dark forests, through the garden of forgetting, can Gerda save Kai from eternal winter and help him ‘find the words’ in order to turn back time?

A story of friendship, hope and hot chocolate, join Gerda on her adventure as she battles brigands, fends off enchanted flowers and confronts a Snowflake Chorus. A Christmas classic packed with music, dance and tobogganing, The Snow Queen is a family treat for all ages.

Considered suitable for all ages.

Image credit: Hide the Shark

Please note that the performance on Sunday 8th December at 2pm will be a relaxed performance. If you have any questions, get in touch with [email protected]

Find out Autumn/Winter 2019 season brochure here

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Denzel Baidoo – Bitzer/Suitor 2/Rascal/Ensemble

James Burman – Matthias/Rifkin/Ralf

Tian Chaudhry – Hanne/Robbergirl/Ensemble

Esmée Cook – Nan/Robbermum/Gretzel

Chanel Waddock – Teacher/Lily/Adviser/Ensemble/Pigeon

Rory Alexander – Soren/Ba/Adviser/Ensemble

Danial Radze – 1st Adviser/Borge/Pigeon/Ensemble

Kiera Lester – Summer/Hilde/Pigeon/Ensemble

Heloise Lowenthal – Karen/The Snow Queen

Clementine Medforth – Princess/Robin/Margrethe/Astrid

Alice Moore – Rose/Crow/Anne-Marie/Pigeon/Ensemble

Jo Patmore – Gerda

Jake Simmance – Suitor 1/Rankin/Niklas

Ashley Woodhouse – Kai

Creative Team

Director Paul Clarkson

Assistant Director Victor Lirio

Set and Costume Designer Bronia Housman

Assistant Designer Carly Brownbridge

Lighting Designer Joe Stathers

Sound Designer Ella Jackson

Composer James Atherton

Musical Director John Telfer

Choreographer Clare Fox

Fight Director  Jonathan Howell

Voice Coach  Carol Fairlamb

Dialect Coach  James Gitsham

Production Manager  Jon Sherwood

Producer Frances Macadam

Production Supervisor Ruth Sidery

Stage Manager Charlotte Woolley

Deputy Stage Manager Rosie Tredray

Assistant Stage Managers Emily Poole, Dominic Parker and Frederick Spring

Lighting Operator Madeleine Coward

Production Electrician Joel Williams

Follow Spots Chantel Blackwood and Frankie Dowers

Sound Operator Danny Davies

RF tech Harriet Hollinshead-Lee

Construction Manager 

Assistant Construction Manager Ambra Fuller

Construction Assistants Frederick Spring, Madeleine Coward, Holly Stevens and Chantel Blackwood

Scenic Artists Heidi Broad, Alistair Campbell, Bethany Hastings and Jean Wong

Head of Costume Jill Blundell

Costume Tutor Ali Poynter

Costume Supervisor Becky Davies

Costume Assistants Evie Akerman, Albert Taylor, Charlotte Weiss and Summer Marie York

Costume Makers Katie Ireland, Madi Barncoat and Isabel Cope

Additional Costume Makers/Assistants Amber Bowerman, Jasmine Barron, KT Vacara, Laura Pogose and Jennie Clarke

Special thanks to: Debbie Mitchell



We spoke to the team behind the show to get their insights!

Assistant Director - Victor Lirio

What does the role of Assistant Director entail?

The role of the assistant director (AD) is to help realise the director’s vision—both administratively and creatively—from the rehearsal room to opening night. The duties of the AD are quite flexible and will vary from production to production and director to director. They may include research, facilitating the rehearsal process, taking notes, and ensuring the entire production process runs smoothly. The assistant director is expected to proactively help the director track stage blocking as well as the director’s communication with all departments involved: cast, stage management, creative, technical, and production teams.


Why did you choose to train in Drama Directing at BOVTS?

I chose to train at BOVTS because it offers the most professional and immersive, practical experience. BOVTS boasts the best equipped departments and facilities which support our course and professional training in directing for radio, film, TV, and theatre. I am in my second term and have already expanded my professional skills as a director beyond the theatre. BOVTS encourages creativity, collaboration, and artistic autonomy. BOVTS tutors are professional practitioners that not only train with a pastiche of skills and techniques but provide deep industry insights as well.


What has been your favourite experience at the School so far?

My favourite experiences so far have been the collaborative project with the designers and our end-of-term Notional Project. Both were high level challenges artistically and intellectually because of their all-encompassing theoretical objectives: text, design, context, venue, production, technical, and creative teams. It was a no-stake opportunity to think large, to be subversive, and to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone.

This term has been quite a dream too, because I’ve been involved with and had the opportunity to assist and direct a succession of exciting and varied forms: radio drama, original film script, and, currently, a large-scale musical production. I’ve been blessed with generous, expert mentor directors to learn from in a practical platform.


What have you enjoyed the most about working on Snow Queen?

Rehearsals. There is nothing like being part of the creative, collaborative process; the discovery of the text, relationships, and histories; the creation of backstories; and the camaraderie, enthusiasm, and positive energy from the cast, stage management and production teams. Working with and learning from Paul Clarkson is definitely on top of the list. He and designer Bronia Housman have built a beautiful, original concept heightening Hans Christian Andersen’s themes resonant for today’s audiences while still being faithful to the marvelous journeys of the characters, Kai and Gerda.


Who should come to see the Snow Queen?

Snow Queen is a must-see show for all theatregoers. It illuminates universal themes of friendship, loyalty, kindness, generosity, authenticity, and love. It is fun, heartwarming, moving, and inspiring … an entertaining respite from the chaos of global politics.


Without giving too much away (!), what does the technical/creative team have in store for the audience?

Audiences can expect fabulous costumes, innovative choreography and musical staging, and a spectacular set transformation.

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student