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Preview: Snow Queen at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Scottish Ballet Returns to Newcastle With a Stunning Seasonal Spectacular

The Snow Queen
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Wednesday 12 - Saturday 15 February 2020

The ever-popular Scottish Ballet make a dazzling return to Newcastle Theatre Royal with a seasonal treat for the whole family. In celebration of Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary year, The Snow Queen will be playing its only tour dates in England from Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 February 2020.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale, which was also the basis for Disney’s hit film Frozen, Scottish Ballet’s The Snow Queen is a story of love and friendship that will delight audiences of all ages. The action is driven by three central female characters: the brave young Gerda on a quest to rescue her true love, the enigmatic pickpocket Lexi at her side, and the powerful Snow Queen at the centre of it all.

Created in collaboration with multi-award-winning designer Lez Brotherston, The Snow Queen will take audiences from a bustling winter’s market, through a fairytale forest, and into the icy realms of the Snow Queen’s palace. The production will include a colourful cast of characters dressed in a total of 111 custom-made costumes, from a circus ringmaster and his troupe to dancing snowflakes and, of course, the dazzling Snow Queen herself. 

Set to the music of Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the specially adapted score by Richard Honner will be performed live by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra. One highlight will be an on-stage violin solo, set to send shivers down audiences’ spines as the choreography, design and music come together for dramatic effect. 

Christopher Hampson, CEO / Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, said: “It’s been an extraordinary year for Scottish Ballet, and I’m thrilled that we bring our 50th anniversary celebrations to a close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen. Unpicking this fairytale to bring out its most compelling characters and focusing on their journeys has been a rewarding process. Working with the brilliant Lez Brotherston, we have reimagined the story in a spectacular new world and I hope it will entertain and delight audiences of all ages.”

Photos: Andy Ross

The Snow Queen plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal Wednesday 12 - Saturday 15 February 2020 playing evenings at 7.30pm and matinees Thursday 2pm and Saturday 2.30pm.Tickets from £15.50 can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at

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