Acclaimed children’s theatre company tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal team up again to present Mike Kenny’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s highly acclaimed story Snow Queen. The production can be seen in the Studio at York Theatre Royal from 27 September to 13 October and then tours the UK until December, followed by a week at the Bush Theatre in London and a Christmas season at The Point, Eastleigh.
Director Wendy Harris said: “It’s the perfect story to tell for an autumn and winter tour. The story goes through the seasons so we enjoy summer roses and the icy snow queen’s palace. With two central protagonists as children, both girls and boys get something from the story because although it’s called Snow Queen, it’s really about Kai and Gerda and their friendship. It’s lovely for the girl to be the one who rescues the boy – for a change!”
Writer Mike Kenny said: “Hans Christian Andersen was probably the first proper genius storyteller for children. It’s 200 years since he was writing but we still tell The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor’s New Clothes. They have entered the culture.
The story tells of Kai and Gerda who have been friends for as long as they could remember. One day, in a whirl of magic and deception, Kai is pulled under the spell of the powerful Snow Queen of ice and coldness. The action follows Gerda’s quest to save her friend and return life to normal. Her winter journey is about loyalty, loss and love and the dangers of the unknown.
Composer Ivan Stott, who worked with tutti frutti on Underneath a Magic Moon, returns to the company to create memorable music and songs for Snow Queen.
In the cast are Joanne Sandi, Hannah Victoria and Mitchel Wolfe – all three making their debuts with tutti frutti.
The play will run from 27th September to 13th October 2018.