Well hello December! The Christmas season has crept up on me once again. One of my favourite ways to get into the festive spirit is going to see a Christmas production and The Snow Queen at The Old Rep, Birmingham certainly delivered.
Last year the annual offering was a colourful and fun performance of Pinocchio and I was very much looking forward to this year’s show. The production of The Snow Queen is an adaption of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy story, with plenty of modern twists along the way.
Mini and I headed off to the show, for a special girls night out treat. Leaving Mr Mack and Baby Mack at home, we arrived at the theatre excited and ready to experience the magic of the show.
As with last year, the main character’s are professional actors supported by the ensemble from Birmingham Ormiston Academy, a great opportunity for local upcoming performers to showcase their talents in their home town.
The story showcases the relationship of two friends, Gerda and Kai who promise to always be there for each other. They are growing up in a small Danish town where they notice that the adults around them are angry and unkind towards those they feel are different from them.
Gerda observes the change in behaviour first hand when her older Sister, Karen turns 13 and instantly becomes mean and hurtful towards others.
Kai is adamant that he won’t change when he turns 13 and will remain friends with Gerda forever. The Snow Queen, watching from her palace of ice and mirrors is fearful that Kai will be the boy that prophecy foretold will bring her reign to an end and sets on a mission to do all that she can to stop him.
The whole cast were fantastic, with brilliant energy from start to end. For me the two highlights were Letitia Hector as The Snow Queen and Charlie Keable as Hader/Robber Queen. Letitia plays the eponymous role perfectly; her stage presence is encapsulating, whilst her evil cackle echoes out into the audience. Mini was also a big fan of her stunning costume that lights up and I particularly enjoyed her chosen mode of transport!
Charlie Keable brings a dose of humour to the production. Firstly as Hadar the mischievous Goblin who is secretly in love with The Snow Queen, desperate to please her with his dastardly tricks. He then returns as the Robber Queen, another witty performance that had the adults in the audience laughing along to his nods to grown up jokes.
The Snow Queen was a true family show, with imaginative set design and plenty of songs to entertain the audience. A fantastic modern take on a old classic but with a very important message for today, that we should embrace others’ differences and above all be kind.
The Snow Queen Information
The Snow Queen runs until Monday 30th December 2019. The show is recommended as family friendly and suitable for children aged 4 upwards. Tickets cost from £18, with a family ticket for £70 and groups/educational visits from £10.
Tickets can be purchased directly from The Old Rep Website.
BSL performance – Friday 22 November, 1.30pm
BSL & Relaxed performance – Saturday 14 December, 1.30pm
Parent & Toddler performance – Friday 20 December, 1.30pm
- The running time is 1 hour 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
- There is an exclusive parking rate available of 24 hours for £5 at APCOA China Town Car Park, Wrottesley Street, B5 4RT. Bring your aprking ticket along and validate it The Box Office or Hinckley Bar.
- The Snow Queen souvenirs and merchandise is available at the theatre should children wish to take some pocket money along to spend.
- The auditorium has quite a steep slope so children should be able to get a good view of the stage from all seats.
Disclaimer: We were invited to attend The Snow Queen for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are entirely my own.
Production images kindly provided by The Old Rep, taken by Andrew Fox.