Curtain goes up on Scarborough's The Snow Queen at Stephen Joseph Theatre - how to get tickets

A new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Snow Queen weaves some sparkling festive magic live on stage at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre this Christmas.

By Sue Wilkinson
Monday, 7th December 2020, 12:16 pm
Updated Monday, 7th December 2020, 12:20 pm
Polly Lister presents a one-woman The Snow Queen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre
Polly Lister presents a one-woman The Snow Queen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

The show, at the Stephen Joseph until Thursday December 31, has been adapted by Nick Lane from the original story, and promises to be a Snow Queen like you’ve never seen before – a one-woman whirlwind performed by Polly Lister and, for certain performances, Jacoba Williams.

Nick Lane said: “Will it be ridiculous? Will there be brilliant songs? Will you look at hedgehogs in the same way again? Yes, yes and possibly not. In that order.”

Director Paul Robinson says: “We can’t tell you how excited we all are about our Christmas production this year – it will deliver all the things everyone loves about Christmas.

“There’s reindeer and ravens, twinkling trees and the Northern Lights, some jokes to keep all the family in stitches, and some amazing new surprises – the perfect Christmas package, in fact.

“It feels so important to be offering a bit of sparkle and excitement to round off what’s been, let’s face it, a year somewhat lacking in both. And our team is RIGHT ON IT!”

The Snow Queen will feature original music and songs from Olivier Award-winning composer Simon Slater. Movement and puppet direction is by Gemma Fairlie, and the show is designed by Helen Coyston with lighting design by Paul Stear. The associate director is Chelsey Gillard and the casting director is Sarah Hughe.

The Snow Queen can be seen in the Round at the SJT on various dates from Monday December 7 to Thursday December 31.

Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at