This review was written on Thursday 10th December 2020 when the Scarborough and surrounding area were in Tier 2. We were lucky enough to have tickets for The Snow Queen. It is now available as a movie for you to enjoy via the Stephen Joseph Theatre website HERE. Tickets cost just £12, and allow access to the movie for a week from the first click of the ‘play’ button. Read our review from the live show here…
Tonight we did something normal!!! We went to see the brand new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Snow Queen at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Polly Lister is just brilliant and certainly brought some sparkle into 2020! It is a fantastic performance and certainly brought some festive cheer. The set is fantastic, there are puppets, props, great jokes for all ages, songs, fun and much more. It is certainly a show for McFlurry lovers and wait….until you meet Jean-Claude and Len…!
Henry, aged 8 accompanied me and here is his synopsis:
“The Snow Queen is an amazing one person show which captivated me throughout and made me laugh out loud!
When Mummy told me what we were going to and how there was going to be one actress, I wondered how that was possible having fully enjoyed the book.
I loved it from start to finish. The production is amazingly performed with different voices for each character and you can really tell who is who. Jean Claude and Len were awesome and certainly made me laugh.
After what has felt like a lifetime of self isolation, it felt great to be doing something normal despite Mummy looking like a masked bandit!”
Since then, we have also watched the online version. It was recorded from the live performance and is just as good in the comfort of your own home. Eliza didn’t come with us to the live performance so she was really looking forward to watching. It didn’t disappoint, she loved it! They were both transfixed for the full 97 minutes. It is a great way to buy yourself a bit of time during these testing times.
The SJT was one of the first theatres in the country to re-open after the first lockdown, and has worked tirelessly to create a safe environment for its audiences. It certainly felt very Covid secure with allocated arrival times, one way systems, temperature checks, spaced seating, at seat drinks service and of course, plenty of sanitiser.