From the team that created A Christmas Carol, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, James and the Giant Peach and Alice in Wonderland comes a brand new production of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable, The Snow Queen (30 November – 4 January).

Adapted for the stage by Laura Lindow and directed by Mark Calvert, The Snow Queen will be designed by Rhys Jarman, with choreography by Martin Hylton, lighting by Sam Vivash, music by Jeremy Bradfield and Hannabiell Sanders, and sound design by Nick John Williams.

Lauren Waine will play Gerda. Last seen at Northern Stage in sellout production The War of the Worlds – part of Northern Stage’s NORTH programme for emerging talent in the North East, Lauren’s theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (The Gala Theatre), Wormtown (The Customs House and Alphabetti), Dr Faustus (The Sam Wanamaker Festival, The Globe), Pericles (Brighton Open Air Theatre), RENT! (Paul McCartney Auditorium) and Three Jumpers (Edinburgh Fringe). TV roles include Molly on ITV’s Vera and Fee on CBBC’s The Dumping Ground.

Lauren said, "To be playing the role of Gerda is a dream come true. As a little girl, I came to see the Christmas shows at Northern Stage every single year and to now be getting to relive that tradition in the most magical way is very exciting. I fell in love with Northern Stage when I came here after drama school to work on The War of The Worlds and I am so excited to be back. Thank you to all at Northern Stage for giving me the opportunity to come back and play in the snow this Christmas.”

Elizabeth Carter will play the Snow Queen. Currently appearing at Live Theatre in Clear White Light, she said, “Growing up in the North East, I would regularly watch and be inspired by the incredible ensemble at Newcastle Playhouse [now Northern Stage]. It’s always been a dream of mine to perform in a show created here at Northern Stage. I’m very excited to work with such a brilliant team and celebrate the Christmas season being part of what I’m sure will be a fantastic show!”

They are joined by a cast of actor-musicians including Jeremy Bradfield (The Wizard of Oz, Northern Stage); Craig Fairbairn (A Christmas Carol, Northern Stage); Gregor Mackay (Nae Bother! Oran Mor/Ed Fringe); Paula Penman (Woven Bones, Cap-a-Pie) and Hannabiell Sanders (A Christmas Carol, Northern Stage); plus a chorus of six performance students from Newcastle College as part of a continued partnership to give actors in train-ing professional opportunities.


Tickets are now on sale from £10 at www.northernstage.co.uk or call the box office on 0191 230 5151.

Cast 
Dad & as cast Jeremy Bradfield
Snow Queen and as cast Elizabeth Carter
Mr Kelpine and as cast Craig Fairbairn
Kai and as cast Gregor Mackay
Elsie Orr and as cast Paula Penman
Liletta and as cast Dr G Hannabiell Sanders
Gerda Lauren Waine
Ensemble – Newcastle College performance students

Creative Team
Director Mark Calvert
Writer Laura Lindow
Designer Rhys Jarman
Lighting Designer Sam Vivash
Sound Designer Nick John Williams
Composer and Musical Director Jeremy Bradfield
Associate Musical Director Hannabiell Sanders
Movement Director Martin Hylton
Assistant Director Karen Traynor