Greet The Snow Queen this Christmas at Theatre by the Lake

The Snow Queen at Theatre by the Lake Liv Spencer as The Snow Queen at Theatre by the Lake (Photo by Keith Pattison) Gerda is pulling on her red boots for The Snow Queen at Theatre by the Lake this Christmas Season! L to R: Jennifer English and Matt Addis in The Snow Queen at Theatre by the Lake (Photo by Keith Pattison) Theatre by the Lake, Keswick L to R: Lauren Silver, Huw Blainey and Neal Craig in The Snow Queen at Theatre by the Lake (Photo by Keith Pattison)

Christmas is coming – and so is The Snow Queen, the latest in the great tradition of shows for all the family at Theatre by the Lake. The Snow Queen, which runs for seven weeks from Saturday 28 November, is an adventure bursting with magic and mischief in which heroine Gerda sets off on an epic journey to save her friend Cei from the clutches of the evil Snow Queen, who plans to cast the world into eternal winter.

Gerda pulls on her red boots in preparation for the glamour and glitter of Theatre by the Lake’s Christmas play

On her journey into the distant north, Gerda meets a troupe of colourful characters – from gossipy flowers to a talking reindeer – who will help and hinder alike. There are some scary bits but also plenty of jokes and music. The perfect story for long, dark winter evenings, it’s full of glamour and glitter – and the Northern Lights will glow and flicker over the Main House stage.

The play has been adapted from the original tale by Hans Christian Andersen by Charles Way, whose Sinbad – the Untold Tale was commissioned by the Theatre by the Lake and staged in 2006. The theatre has also produced his version of Sleeping Beauty and The Borrowers.

Eight actors – who also sing, dance and play instruments – have now arrived in Keswick and are working hard in the rehearsal room to prepare for the show’s opening night on Saturday 28 November.

Theatre by the Lake's cast for 'The Snow Queen', with Gerda's red boots, photo by Steve Barber
Theatre by the Lake’s cast for ‘The Snow Queen’, with Gerda’s red boots, photo by Steve Barber

The Snow Queen is directed by Associate Director, Mary Papadima who recently directed Suddenly Last Summer and The Lady of the Lake as part of one the most successful Summer Seasons in TBTL history.

This year’s cast is a blend of faces new to Theatre by the Lake and some old hands. Matt Addis – who was in Two last spring – returns to play a number of parts, including a troll; Liv Spencer comes to Keswick for the first time to play the Snow Queen herself.

The Snow Queen runs at Theatre by the Lake in the Main House from Saturday 28 November – Saturday 16 January.

Tickets are priced from £30-£10 and you can book online or call the Box Office on 017687 74411.

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