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The Snow Queen


  • Playwright

    Ian Toner 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • Adapted From Notes

    Based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

  • Synopsis

    Gerda and Kay live in a watery town in a watery world. Some time ago, there occurred on Earth a seismic event known as ‘The Melting’, and since then there has not been a single flake of snow nor a single cube of ice. As such, Christmas has been cancelled. Forever. When the ever curious Kay delves too deeply into the dark and potentially deadly world of the mysterious Snow Queen, he disappears, and Gerda is forced to go out into a dangerous and unforgiving world in search of her best friend. Along the way she will meet killer whales, cut-throat pirates, and a once-famous dynamic Christmas gift giving duo called Nick and Rudolpho.

  • Play Type

    Musical Theatre

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling occurs.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Gerda Clodagh Mooney Duggan
Brownbeard II John Merriman
Rudolpho John Merriman
Ensemble Nessa Matthews(2)
The Snow Queen Nessa Matthews(2)
Lighthouse Keeper Nessa Matthews(2)
Ensemble Gerard Adlum
The Prophet Gerard Adlum
Nick Gerard Adlum
Brownbeard Gerard Adlum
Ensemble Aislinn O'Byrne
Princess Aislinn O'Byrne
Mildred Aislinn O'Byrne
Pollyanna Aislinn O'Byrne
Ensemble John Doran
Prince John Doran
Nobeard John Doran
Kay John Doran
Ensemble John Merriman
Production Team  
Producer Cliona Dukes
Director Sarah Finlay
Set & Costume Designer Molly O'Cathain
Lighting Designer Bill Woodland
Sound Designer Jack Cawley
Production Manager Miriam Duffy
Stage Manager Rachel Bergin
Assistant Stage Manager Ellie Hendry
Assistant Costume Manager Annachiara Vispi
Photography & Graphic Design Ste Murray

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.