The Snow Queen

The RoundApprox. 1hr 30mins plus one intervalTheatre

A brand new Nick Lane adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale.


By Hans Christian Andersen
Adapted by Nick Lane
Directed by Paul Robinson
Design by Helen Coyston
Music, lyrics and sound design by Simon Slater
Movement and puppet direction by Gemma Fairlie
Lighting & video design by Paul Stear
Associate Director - Chelsey Gillard
Casting Director - Sarah Hughes CDG

Key Cast:

Polly Lister
Jacoba Williams (alternate)

Offers: Under 30s

Price: From £10

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7 December - 31 December 2020

Be nice, be kind, and this is why –
For if you’re not you’ll scratch the sky.
Too many scratches make a crack
For the Snow Queen to creep through and be back.
She’ll lead you off with smiles to start
Then slowly, slowly freeze your heart!
So unless you fancy the Palace of Ice
Always be kind and always be nice.

Gerda and Kai are best friends – they share everything together – sweets, jokes, games and stories – especially ones about the mysterious 'Lady in the Sky' who lives in a faraway palace made of ice. And some of the stories are silly, and some are a bit spooky, but they are only stories.

Aren’t they?

When Kai disappears after seeing a strange shape above the clouds, Gerda knows it’s all real. The Snow Queen has got her best mate and only she can rescue him… by travelling to a world of weirdness and wonderment known as the Other Scarborough before he freezes forever.

With the help of a grumpy reindeer, a Goth raven, a bunch of talking flowers, some unwise wisewomen (and the audience!), she might just make it – but what does the Snow Queen have in store for her once she does?

The team behind Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland and A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol return with a brand-new adventure!

Featuring the incredible talents of SJT favourite Polly Lister (The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, Di and Viv and Rose), creating a cast of thousands to delight and amuse, this is Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale as you’ve never seen it before.

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.

Polly Lister will perform all performances except those below, which will be performed by Jacoba Williams*:

Fri 11 Dec, 10am & 2pm | Thur 17 Dec, 10am | Sat 26 Dec, 6pm | Sun 27 Dec, 1pm

*may be subject to change

Find rehearsal photos, FAQs and more here!

Age guidance: 5+

Access performances
Captioned: Saturday 12 December, 1pm
Relaxed: Tuesday 15 December, 10am
Sign language interpreted: Saturday 19 December, 1pm
Audio described: Saturday 19 December, 1pm

You can find more information on these types of performances here.

We are a Covid-secure venue and have been awarded two industry standard marks recognising the comprehensive safety measures we have in place.

Please note that for the safety of all our customers, we are adhering to government guidelines:

- You can’t visit us with anyone who you don’t live with, or who isn’t part of your support bubble
- We are in a Tier 2 area, so if you live in a Tier 3 area, you shouldn’t visit us
- Face coverings are mandatory throughout the building (unless exempt - this includes under 11s) except when eating or drinking. 

For your peace of mind, we have a no-fuss refund policy if you need to self-isolate.

You can find full details of our Covid safety measures here.


Monday 7 December 2020, 10.00am

Tuesday 8 December 2020, 10.00am

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 7.00pm

Thursday 10 December 2020, 10.00am

Thursday 10 December 2020, 7.00pm

Friday 11 December 2020, 10.00am

Friday 11 December 2020, 7.00pm

Saturday 12 December 2020, 1.00pm

Saturday 12 December 2020, 6.00pm

Tuesday 15 December 2020, 10.00am

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 10.00am

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 7.00pm

Thursday 17 December 2020, 10.00am

Thursday 17 December 2020, 7.00pm

Friday 18 December 2020, 7.00pm

Saturday 19 December 2020, 1.00pm

Saturday 19 December 2020, 6.00pm

Monday 21 December 2020, 1.00pm

Monday 21 December 2020, 7.00pm

Tuesday 22 December 2020, 1.00pm

Tuesday 22 December 2020, 7.00pm

Wednesday 23 December 2020, 1.00pm

Wednesday 23 December 2020, 7.00pm

Thursday 24 December 2020, 1.00pm

Saturday 26 December 2020, 6.00pm

Sunday 27 December 2020, 1.00pm

Tuesday 29 December 2020, 1.00pm

Tuesday 29 December 2020, 7.00pm

Wednesday 30 December 2020, 1.00pm

Wednesday 30 December 2020, 7.00pm

Thursday 31 December 2020, 1.00pm

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1 January

The Legendary Spa Orchestra in the Round at the SJT.

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough
Discover Yorkshire Coast