"The Snow Queen is a high quality, highly entertaining performance that will win against any panto you are likely to see this Christmas. Grab a ticket while you still can." The Public Reviews
"… the area’s best comic creation this Christmas." Chichester Observer
"Add a set that is beautiful and effective, icy lighting and some memorable compositions from Douglas Irvine and you have a Christmas show that will intelligently meet the needs of every family member" Daily Echo
This enchanting new version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale features new songs, spectacular set designs and an enchantingly humorous retelling of this timeless story that will melt your heart.
In a frozen land far away, a Snow Queen kidnaps a young boy named Kai. His best friend Gerda, a stumpy, grumpy determined little girl is the unlikely hero who sets out to rescue him. On the way, she finds friends who will help her, and discovers the truth behind the mysterious Snow Queen and why she lives locked up in solitude in her Icy Palace.
This brand new adaptation is written by multi award winning comedy writer, Georgia Pritchett, who has written for Miranda, The Thick of It, Have I Got News For You?, Veep and Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
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Please note: Our production of The Snow Queen is true to classic fairy tale stories and includes scenes of good battling evil, overcoming peril and revenge to triumph in the end; and with some flashing lights and surprise bangs along the way. But a happy ending is never far away! Some scenes may be upsetting for those under five years of age.
Video : Audience reactions to The Snow Queen
See what the audience thought of our Christmas show, The Snow Queen!
Video: Ben Mills
Photos: Mark Douet
- Rudolph/The Prince
Rob Castell is an actor, writer and musician. Known primarily for his work with Barbershopera, he has in recent years performed his own work at Trafalgar Studios, Soho Theatre, Plymouth Drum and on tour, winning the Best Actor award at the DIMF festival in South Korea in 2010.
He played Pop on the International Arena Tour of We Will Rock You, Pablo the Matador on E4’s Playing It Straight and Chris in the 2013 British Feature Film Meet Me On The Southbank.
He played Leon in a new adaptation of Madame Bovary at the Hope Theatre in Islington as part of the HopeFull Rep Season in August 2014. He was the understudy for Kevin Bishop in Fully Committed, a one-man comedy with 37 characters at the Menier Chocolate Factory in October 2014, and played Rudolph and The Prince in The Snow Queen at the Nuffield Theatre last Christmas. In addition to performing, he writes and performs the songs for BAFTA-nominated CBBC show Officially Amazing and has co-written a new full-scale musical which has been optioned by a leading international producer.
Joyce is a Northern Irish actress who graduated in 2009 from Drama Studio London. Her versatility, energy and Celtic sensibilities mean she is rarely typecast and has already played a satisfyingly broad range of roles, especially in new gritty drama.
Joyce has recently participated in R&D and rehearsed readings for several new musicals and dramas and is collaborating on a comedy radio pilot, Algie, and a web series. She was on the Spring 2014 Royal Court Writers’ Programme and wrote and directed her first short play for The Miniaturists46 at The Arcola in April. Her first short film, George & The Dragon, which garnered her the invitation to write for the latter, is currently in pre-production and she is working on a solo musical show. Joyce is a script reader for the Old Red Lion Literary Department and a founder member of The Watermark Collective weekly script reading service for producers and writers.
Theatre credits include: Sarah in Moments (Theatre6 at Chichester Festival Theatre), Gertrude in Hamlet (Hiraeth Artistic Productions), Katlyn in Lost Nation: Katlyn’s Story (The Red Room), NI Woman A in truth and reconciliation (The Royal Court), Jeanne in Shore (The Riverside Studios), Actor/Musician in Tall Tales (Clwyd Theatre Cymru), Mrs O’Farrell in Twopence to Cross The Mersey (The Liverpool Empire).
Film: Plastic Gangsters, Amy, Dreadful Bazaar, WInter Escape, Urban Rebels Unite.
Jessie has recently graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Whilst training, some of her favourite roles included Irina Romanov in Yusupov, Martha in Spring Awakening and Katherine in Henry V. Jessie has just finished filming the role of Agnes in ITV Drama Arthur & George and is now really excited to be making her professional stage debut as Gerda in The Snow Queen.
Jessie would like to thank her wonderful cast for making her feel so welcome and looking after her in her first job!
- The Snow Queen
Natasha graduated from Cambridge University pursuant to training at Laine Theatre Arts.
West End credits include: Wah Wah Girls (Peacock Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum), Eurobeat (West End & National Tour) and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London). Natasha also created the role of Draupadi in Nitin Sawhney and Stephen Clarke’s Mahabharata (Sadler’s Wells and National Tour).
Other Theatre includes: Takeaway (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Britain’s Got Bhangra (National Tour), The Home Theatre Project (Theatre Royal Stratford East), In Nothing Flat (Germany), Aladdin (Camberley Theatre and Beck Theatre, Hayes), Peter Pan (Various), That’s the Way I Like It (Epsom Playhouse).
TV includes: Hollyoaks, Ultimate Move, Toons, Hustle, Aladdin, This Morning, The Vanessa Show, Nick News.
Radio: Poetry Please for BBC Radio 4.
Film: The Mistress of Spices.
Workshop: David Baddiel’s Infidel - The Musical, Laila - The Musical.
Recording: Pride composed by Aaron Zigman.
- Robber Maiden/Princess
Nicola trained at the Arts Educational Schools London.
Nicola has recently appeared in Phoneshop for Retort, directed by Phil Bowker. She’s also been seen in Dancing On The Edge for the BBC/Ruby Films directed by Stephen Poliakoff, Call The Midwife for Neal Street Productions/BBC and The Hour for the BBC/Kudos directed by Jamie Payne. She has appeared in Soho Cinders at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Broadway To West End directed by Stephen Brooker and Bill Deamer, and playing Wendla in Spring Awakening at the Rose Theatre, Kingston directed by Russell Labey.
Her roles whilst training include Anna in Spring Awakening directed by Russell Labey and Our House directed by Ian Good and Sam McAvoy. Prior to training she appeared in Carousel directed by Michael White.
A native Londoner, Jack trained at Colins Performing Arts. He recently finished playing Mr Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Other recent work includes: Georgie in Clockwork Orange (Stratford East Theatre Royal), George in Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola), and Hamlet in Hamlet the Musical (Royal & Derngate and Richmond theatres). Jack played the part of Pete in Departure Lounge (Waterloo East Theatre) which was nominated for Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards.
Other theatre credits include: Greg in Stop Search (Catford Broadway), Lewis in Our House (Birmingham Rep, UK Tour and 10th year anniversary),Tony Lumpkin in The Kissing Dance (Jermyn Street), Danny in Laters (Drill Hall), Issac in Fit (Manchester Contact/Drill Hall), Jensen in Kick Off (Riverside Studios), Nigel in Matilda (RSC - Workshops), Jackie in the original cast of Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych Theatre), Spider in Oliver! (London Palladium), and Boz in Jack and the Beanstalk (Straford East Theatre Royal).
Film credits include: Fit, Kick-Off and Bashment.
Television credits include: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (ITV), The Interceptor, Doctors, Miranda Hart’s New Year’s Eve Sketch Show, Excluded, The Man Who Loved the Lakes, Eastenders, Out of Control and Holby City (all BBC), The Bill (Talkback Thames) and Monster Hunters for the NFTS.
Jack is also a cowriter/developer of the hit cult online sketch show The Sketchbank and is the producer of regular new writing evening Show Off!
Theatre credits include: Andre in Once - The Musical (Dublin and West End), Jay Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers (Watford Palace Theatre), Dickon in The Secret Garden (Edinburgh and Toronto), Homer McAuley in The Human Comedy (The Young Vic and Watford Palace Theatre), Matt in Love Story (Chichester Festival Theatre), Nicky Sullivan/Ritchie Valens in Buddy! and Benny Southstreet in Guys & Dolls (both Upstairs at The Gatehouse), Georg in Spring Awakening (West End & Lyric Hammersmith).
Concerts: Robbie in the new Stiles & Drewe musical Soho Cinders.
Film credits: The Addicted, Les Miserables.
Television credits: Chuggington.
Soundtracks: Soho Cinders, Joe Sterling: Somewhere in My Mind, Bobby Cronin's Concrete Jungle.
Radio: Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes (Radio 4).
Georgia is a multi award winning comedy writer. She is currently a writer and supervising producer on the HBO Emmy winning series Veep and is writing for and with Miranda Hart for TV and her live show.
Georgia created, wrote and showran 2DTV and has written on shows such as Have I Got News for You, Smack the Pony, Not Going Out and The Thick of It. She has created and written several comedy series of her own for BBC and ITV including the successful BBC1 series Life of Riley, starring Caroline Quentin.
As well as working on Veep and Miranda, Georgia has original comedies in development with ABC, HBO, Channel 4 and the BBC and she has embarked on writing for the stage - for both adults and children.
Georgia’s first children’s book - Wilf The Mighty Worrier Saves the World - comes out in spring (the first of a series of three).
Georgia also directed the controversial Shoot The Dog video for George Michael and has worked on feature films including Spiceworld and The Curse of the Wererabbit.
Dougal is thrilled to be writing music for The Snow Queen as he holds fond memories of visiting the Nuffield as a young boy, it being his Gran’s nearest theatre.
Credits as Bookwriter/Lyricist/Composer: Departure Lounge (Waterloo East Theatre, London - Whatsonstage award nomination for Best New Musical / Off Broadway Public Theatre – NY Summer Play Festival/ Royal George Theatre, Chicago/ Grand Opera House, Belfast), In Touch (Bridewell Theatre), The Other School (St James Theatre/NYMT), Angry Birds (The Space, Havering), The Buskers Opera (Forthcoming).
As Lyricist: Britain’s Got Bhangra (Watford Palace, Stratford East 2010/11 – TMA Award nomination – Best Musical Production, Off West End Award Winner – Best New Musical), Laila (Rifco Arts, forthcoming international tour), The Lighthouse (The Production Exchange).
As Composer: The Bacchae and Blood Wedding (Royal & Derngate – during the Cameron Mackintosh/Mercury Musicals Resident Composer Scheme), The Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors (Changeling Theatre), Captured by the Dark (StopGap Theatre).
Songs by Dougal have featured at three WhatsonStage Award winners concerts and the song cycles A Song Cycle for Soho (Soho Theatre) and Beyond the Gate (Gate Theatre). His album Acoustic Overtures; the Songs of Dougal Irvine features a foreword by Stephen Fry and the song Do You Want A Baby Baby? that won the Stiles and Drewe song prize. Dougal was also runner up in the prestigious Arts Foundation award.
Sarah directed The Marriage Of Figaro for Opera Up Close, at the King’s Head Theatre in London. Both the touring and West End productions of Dirty Dancing: The Musical continue under her direction. She previously directed the same show on its sell-out UK Tour, as well as on its tours of Germany and South Africa.
In May 2012 and October 2013 she directed the revival of Anthony Minghella’s award-winning production of Madam Butterfly at the English National Opera. She won the Old Vic New Voices Theatre503 Award for Mad Funny Just in 2007, the Most Promising New Musical for Barbershopera (Musical Theatre Matters) in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Theatre for Directing in 2009. In 2008/09 she completed a year-long residency at the Young Vic.
For the RSC: Richard III, Little Eagles, Coriolanus (RSC tour/Old Vic), Julius Caesar (RSC tour/Lyric Hammersmith). For the National Theatre: Revenger’s Tragedy, The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, Coram Boy (and Imperial Theatre, New York), The UN Inspector.
Recent work also includes: Romeo and Juliet (Home, Manchester), A Woman in Mind (Dundee and Birminingham Rep), Orlando (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Henry VI parts I, II and III (The Globe), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Northampton), Time and the Conways (Edinburgh Lyceum and Dundee Rep), Unleashed (Barbican), the autumn 2012 and 2011 seasons at the Ustinov Theatre, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Playhouse/Nottingham Playhouse).
- Lighting Designer
- Sound Designer
Jerome van den Berghe
- Musical Director
Jerome van den Berghe
Jerome graduated with a BMus (Hons) in Music and Sound Recording from the University of Surrey and has just finished working towards an MA in Musical Theatre Creative Practice at Arts Educational Schools London.
As Musical Director: The Snow Gorilla (Rose Theatre, Kingston), The Mikado (Tabard Theatre), Into The Woods (University of Cumbria), Lucky Stiff (Renegade Theatre Company), Zombie Prom (Renegade Theatre Company), Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery (Workshop), Kidz Musical Theatre UK Showcase (Beijing, Drama UK), Platform LDN (Twentysomething productions), Blue Stockings (Arts Ed), Dave the Less Than Average Fairy (Tristan Bates Theatre), Letters to Myself (Guildford Fringe Festival), Jekyll and Hyde (Watersmeet), Chess (Adrian Mann Theatre) and Part A (VF Theatre).
As Assistant Musical Director: Calamity Jane (UK Tour), GSA 3rd year MT showcase 2014 (Criterion Theatre), Back to Before, The Music Man and Evita (Arts Ed), Cinderella: Boom or Bust (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), The Busker’s Opera (Workshop) and Sweet Charity (American Musical Theatre Academy).
As Orchestrator: GSA 3rd year MT showcase 2014 (Criterion Theatre), Cinderella: Boom or Bust (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), The Mikado (Tabard Theatre) and Part A (VF Theatre).
- Associate Choreographer
- Aerial Director
Vicki trained in physical performance and circus skills in the UK, France and USA and has extensive professional experience as an aerialist with, amongst others, The Young Vic Theatre, Royal Opera House, Universoul Circus USA. She has staged shows for UK and international arts festivals with Upswing including Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival in Melbourne in 2006, The ICA, The Mayor of London’s Trafalgar Square Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Singapore and South Africa.
She has undertaken numerous choreographic commissions including work for Chisenhale Dance Space, Jackson’s Lane, London 2012, BBC London and Channel 4, and worked as an Associate Producer for Greenwich and Docklands Festival staging large-scale outdoor events.
- Casting Director
As Casting Director: Theatre includes: The Hudsucker Proxy, A Number, Tonight at 8.30, The Saints, The Snow Queen (Nuffield), Multitudes, The Arabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre), The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola), The David Hare Season (Sheffield Theatres), Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (Theatre Royal Bath & Tour), Ghosts (West End), The Fastest Clock in the Universe, Lucky Seven (Hampstead Theatre), Educating Rita (Watermill Theatre), Measure for Measure (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tour), Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse), The High Tide Festival (2007), Scenes from An Execution (Hackney Empire) and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Southwark Playhouse). Film includes: Act of Love (short), That Woman (short). Radio includes: Skyvers and The Reluctant Spy (BBC).
As Casting Associate: Television includes: Capital, Doc Martin, Atlantis, Arthur & George, SILK, Vicious, The Politician’s Husband, Best of Men, George Gently VI, We’ll Take Manhattan, Outcasts, Ashes to Ashes, Benidorm, Gavin & Stacey, Mutual Friends, Wild At Heart, Trial & Retribution. Film includes: The Lady in the Van, Belle, The Dark Knight Rises, Sex&Drugs&Rock’n’Roll and The Other Boleyn Girl.
- Production Manager
- Stage Manager
- Deputy Stage Manager
- Assistant Stage Manager
- Costume Supervisor
- Wardrobe Mistress