The Snow Queen

On Tuesday night I went with friends to see the English National Ballet in The Snow Queen at the Mayflower Theatre.  The ballet is based around the fairytale of the same name, which was written by Hans Christian Andersen.

The story goes that there are two young friends, Kay and Gerda, who have grown up together and fallen in love.  The Snow Queen comes along and the splinters of her magic mirror get into Kay’s heart and eyes, changing his personality and taking him away from his friends.  Gerda is heartbroken and goes to find him.  She meets various characters in the way and eventually manages to find Kay in Lapland.  As she runs to embrace him and cries, her tears melt away the splinters and frees Kay from the spell.

The ballet was spectacular.  I haven’t been to a ballet since I was younger and saw the Nutcracker, but I’d heard good things about The Snow Queen. The ballet was in three parts, and the time flew by quickly.  The snow scenes in Lapland and around the Snow Queens palace were really well done and it felt really magical.  The costumes were wonderful – from the diamante studded white robes, costume and mask of the Snow Queen to the animal costumes of the wolves who protected her. 

All in all a nice way to start the Christmas season!

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3 Responses to “The Snow Queen”

  1. Matt Says:

    Interesting write-up Helena ! I’m going to the final performance tomorrow night, which I was looking forward to anyway. I am even more now 🙂

  2. Mary Osborn Says:

    I saw it last night and I loved it. beautiful sets and costumes and wonderfully danced.

  3. davidlind Says:

    Ballet is wonderful. We see the Nutcracker every Christmas. We always sit in the front row and it always makes me cry. Probably we should sit further back.

    I wish they would do the Snow Queen instead of the NC one year. It sounds delightful. As you wished u could be in the Japanese Garden yours truly wishes he could have been there.

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